Pat MartinOttawa is abuzz this week with talk of a possible 'unite-the-left' initiative as the Liberal caucus convenes for a summer retreat and the New Democrats begin their search for a new leader.
While the official position of both parties is to maintain the status quo, several current, and even past, MPs weighed in with comments fanning the fire of merger talk.
Veteran Liberal MP Denis Coderre suggested Jack Layton's funeral has reignited flames to join forces.
"I think that it would be a valid discussion to continue what (Jean) Chrétien, (Ed) Broadbent and (Roy) Romanow did in the past," he told CBC News. "I'm not saying we should do it right away. You don't pull a flower to make it grow faster."
On the weekend, former prime minister Chrétien said a merger would have helped defeat the Conservatives in the May election, and former Liberal leader Michael Ignatieff highlighted the shared values of his party and the NDP on his Facebook page.
On the NDP side, one of the more resounding commentsRead More »from Liberals and New Democrats fan the controversial flames of merging the parties