“It will be done one day. It will come very quickly or not happen. Look at the way that Harper did that — Harper had MacKay there. [He] made a solemn promise in writing that never he will talk merging with the Reform [Party]. He’s now the minister of defence. Things happen and they happen, sometimes, at moments unexpected.” In 2003, the Progressive Conservatives, led by Peter MacKay, merged with now-Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s Canadian Alliance. The Reform Party was the forerunner to the Canadian Alliance. Liberal and NDP officials have denied rumours that Chrétien and NDP stalwarts Ed Broadbent and Roy Romanow chatted occasionally about the possibility of the two parties merging.