Paul Martin Will Be in No Rush for a New Election

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Assuming the numbers hold and the NDP can supply support to a marginal Liberal minority government, I ponder how desperate Martin will be to buy off more votes to gain 25+ more seats for the Liberals. Not very.

With the only realistic threat to an eventual Liberal government being the Conservatives [about 60 seats away from a majority], Martin does not need to rush into a new election.

From a progressive’s point of view, his ability to wait is a wonderful thing. The minority government itself better reflects the reality that the first-past-the-post electoral system is maimed and needing retirement. Jack Layton’s well-founded desire for a national referendum on proportional representation will add to the obviousness for Canadians that we need an electoral alternative.

Paul Martin’s email address is [still]

Fair Vote Canada’s website is still

Let’s get busy!


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Stephen Elliott-Buckley

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Stephen Elliott-Buckley is a husband, father, professor, speaker, consultant, former suburban Vancouver high school English and Social Studies teacher who changed careers because the BC Liberal Party has been working hard to ruin public education. He has various English and Political Science degrees and has been writing political, social and economic editorials since November 2002. Stephen is in Twitter, Miro and iTunes, and the email thing, and at his website,

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