killjoy commented on the blog post The Dynamics Behind Canada’s Liberal Party Backing Election Reform
The Liberal Party will probably still exist for another election or two but it’s done for. It served to keep Canada together while Quebec tried to secede and with the fading of that conflict no longer has structural raîson d’ètre (so to speak).
It was the Center party and, as is typical when countries start to modernize in a serious way, the center doesn’t hold and a two party system forms with fairly regular shifts of power between Left/liberal and Right/conservative coalitions. Similarly, the center/conservative wing of the Democratic Party in the USA has declined and disintegrated piecemeal. In UK the party of fitting comparison is(was?) New Labour.