It’s a deal that just may change the nature of Canadian federal politics. In the last three elections, the Canadian Alliance, and its predecessor the Reform Party, have split the right-wing vote with the Progressive Conservatives, a situation that has enabled the Liberal Party to easily dominate in Central and Eastern Canada. All that may now come to an end. This October, the leaders of Canada’s two right-wing parties announced that they had worked out an agreement to unite their organizations before the next election. It’s an obvious solution, but a serious problem remains: convincing party members that very real differences in political philosophies can be overcome.