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Merger to help the left?

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The Reminder is making its archives back to 2003 available on our website. Please note that, due to technical limitations, archive articles are presented without the usual formatting.

The merger of Canada's two right-wing parties will serve to benefit one of their rivals on the left, in the view of NDP Leader Jack Layton. In a recent interview with The Winnipeg Sun, Layton predicted that the Liberal Party will move further to the right to try to attract Tory voters upset over the conservative merger. In Layton's view, this will leave the NDP as the only choice for left-wing voters. "If nothing else, it's going to mean one less voice on the far right of the political spectrum for Canadians to listen to," he told the newspaper. Leaders of the Canadian Alliance and the PC Party last week announced plans to unite the parties and form the Conservative Party of Canada.