I was worried about a Harper majority, but aside from the prison **** and stupid jets, he has been surprisingly moderate. That's a testament to the issues that voters value.
I am not convinced a Canadian left merger would move them to something similar to the US Demcrats as that is a long way right for the assimilated NDPs to go.
I also do not think it would be "worse" for the country to have a Liberal party influenced and populated by ex-NDPs with the power of government as opposed to a continuous succession of Conservative rule.
Repubs just need to stop repackaging loser retreads
The opposite situation is true for the left parties. Start with what services need to be added or improved and then figure out a way to fund it. While the center would be a long way for NDP MPs, they wouldn't be in power, so there influence would be limited to behind the scenes. The NDP has always had the luxury of not needing to answer tough questions about funding their policies since election seemed unlikely. They get to be our social conscience, framing the debate.
A combined party would need a platform that spelled out what we should do but also would require hard details on how to pay for it. Over time the platform would move right, since if they propose more taxes, Canadian voters take notice. So the platform becomes about balancing the budget and making do with what we've got.
Canadian and American Conservatives aren't even in the same stratosphere.
Canadian Conservatives are fiscally responsible and stick to issues that matter, like the economy, jobs, and the banking industry.
American Conservatives claim to be fiscally responsible, but never are, and try to push their agenda on rape, religion, abortion and all kinds of other stupid irrelevant crap.