Tuesday, October 16, 2007

divide and shift?

There has been some speculation, in light of the corporate tax cut that Dion is proposing, that there is a shift of the political "center" in this country to the right.

I wonder, though, if this is the case, if it's as pronounced as it seems to be based on this move by Dion, or if it's less pronounced becuase of political ideology distribution in Canada becoming bimodal.

With the surging popularity of the Green Party, votes that used to be up for grabs from the Liberals are being fought over by the Greens and the NDP, leaving the Grits grasping for accessible voters.

Since you'd have to live under a rock to know that there are Conservatives all over this country getting a little bit fed up waiting for their tax cuts, it's no wonder that Liberals would start trying to appeal to them. There's also a libertarian contingent looking for tax cuts and more liberal social policy, which, if the Liberals are going to start promising tax cuts anyway, could be an easy group for them to appeal to.

So could it be a shift of the center to the right, simultaneously caused and tempered by a strengthening of the left? Who knows? But it's a neat idea.

cross-posted to The Natural Society

1 comment:

NB taxpayer said...

I think it's a case of a leader [Dion] with no clear cut vision of where he wants to steer the country.

For far too long, the federal Liberals relied on the infighting between tories to remain in power, not a clear set of objectives and policies that their voting base wanted to see from them. Unless you count cutting the GST. lol

Now that the infighting has subsided on the right, they really need to figure out if they are better off as the Martin program slashing, right leaning libs of the mid-90s or the Trudeau nationalist lefties of the 70s and 80s?

In other words, they don't have the centrist luxury of balancing in the middle while in government anymore. So like any opposition party, they have to relaunch themselves and figure out where the party stands on a host of issues. And that will only happen at their next policy conference, not on the eve of a possible election call where they put out a few electable planks. The latter smells too much like desparation in the eyes of the electorate.