“It would be a mistake to give up any province, any region, any riding,” he(Dion) said, noting that a wave of support could cause many ridings that currently seem unwinnable to fall into the Liberal column.
However, asked if that assertion means the Liberals will run a candidate against Green party Leader Elizabeth May, Dion clammed up, saying he had nothing to announce.
Speculation is rife that Dion and May, who intends to run against Foreign Affairs Minister Peter MacKay in Central Nova, are cooking a deal to work together in some ridings, including hers.
“I will not deny what is already in the news ... that there are talks between us,” Dion said.
“When it will happen, if it’s happening, it will be open and transparent.”
Besides the obvious contradiction here, something else bothers me. This whole strategy somewhat undermines the democratic process, doesn't it? If you deliberately run a "weak" Liberal candidate in Central Nova, for example, does that not somehow influence a constituent's ability to make an informed decision and choice?
And, if this is a morally and legally acceptable maneuver, what is stopping the NDP and Conservatives from doing the same thing in a strong leftist riding in hopes of reducing the number of Liberals elected, which would be a win-win for both the Tories and the Dippers?