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Tommy Douglas-era CCF/NDP member Reid Scott joins the Liberals.

I thought I’d mention this little piece of news this morning, not to bug our NDP friends over it (particularly Cam, who always takes great umbrage at his party getting criticized by us Liberal supporters. By the way, Cam, congrats and good luck on your impending wedding), and not to mention that this is now the 3rd story in less then a week from NDP supporters or former NDP supporters criticizing the NDP’s current direction under Layton, but to say that Reid Scott is a rather significant Canadian in his own right.

He was on the flag committee held in Lester B. Pearson’s day to try and find a new flag that would replace the red ensign, and it was he who helped eventually break the impasse and paved the way for the current Canadian flag to be accepted by the committee as the one to be taken back to the House and accepted in a full vote. The documentary done on the Canadian flag and how it was chosen that shows up on CBC every July 1st is one worth watching to see the role he played. I always admired that role, so I liked Reid Scott before he did this, and I obviously like him even more now. ūüėČ

[email protected]:40pm: Seems to be a lot of sensitive NDP’ers on here today; and I’m not even being the most partisan about this story. ūüôā If you want to really vent, here are some other sites to read and/or go and leave comments on (not that I mind them here). And here are a couple from Greg and Sean for the NDP point of view on this.

13 comments to Tommy Douglas-era CCF/NDP member Reid Scott joins the Liberals.

  • Well, there’s kind of a simple problem here.

    Jack Layton wants to be the next Tony Blair. Fine. Great. Tony Blair did become UK PM after all.

    The only problem is that everybody on the left hates Tony Blair these days. Jack’s desperate to replicate the man’s rise to power, but we’ve seen what that power can do and don’t like it.

    (It’s a bit like steve-o and John Howard. Howard is Harper’s mentor, and he did dominate a similar Westminster-style parliament. But, uh, Howard got slaughtered, and is pretty much a national joke at this point. Like Blair, he’s not the best role model.)

  • damn typos… that should have read “didn’t” show a single Liblogger, not “did show a single Liblogger”

  • Moebius

    He’s apparently already been offered the standard turncoat “Minister for Democratic Renewal” post.

  • Reid would appear, alas, to be in his dotage. The NDP hasn’t been cozying up to Harper in the last few months, arranging convenient House absences, betraying its immigrant base and so on.

    Bzzzt! Wrong party. Kool-Aid taste good? Here, have another glass. It’ll help you to sleep.

    Meanwhile, Dion is reduced to boasting about his academic credentials. How pathetic is that?

  • @Greg

    Now Greg, I hardly am the only one blogging about this on the Liberal side of things, and I certainly am not being the most partisan about it.

  • Scott… just a slight correction. I take umbrage to criticizim by Liberals that is not based in fact or honest. I take umbrage to crap. And I have criticized my own party many times, unlike many Liberals who seem to be unable to do the same.

    Also, I would point out that Mr. Reid’s grasp of what is going on makes me wonder to. When he talks about “Layton being in bed with Harper”, that just shows that he either doesn’t know the real voting record, or doesn’t care. That makes it harder to take this as the great coup all you guys want to make this out to be.

    Also, I find it so ironic how you and so many of your Liblogging colleagues go after the NDP for supposedly “only attacking the Liberals” and giving the Cons what they supposedly want, yet on the very day that Harper names none other than Preston Manning is give a patronage appointment that he doesn’t deserve, a quick scan of Prog Blogs did show a single Liblogger who wrote or went after the Cons about this. So who’s giving Harper what they want today???

    By the way, thanks for the good wishes. We are in Chicago for the night and will be in Kenora tomorrow sometime. Good times

  • I can also talk about many former NDPers leaving to join the Grits recently, let alone others who went to the Greens.

    The Canadian left is in a flux. There is something that can be offered, except that people are disillusioned with their political leaders. I will not let Dion off the hook here and Layton is not without blame here.

    As an aside, I got a forwarded message from Lynn McDonald yesterday. She wants all progressives to work together to get a carbon tax implemented. You don’t have to do what Reid Scott has done and join the Grits. Just convince Jack that a carbon tax can certainly complement a cap and trade.

  • Gosh I am still laughing!

    Since 2006 literally THOUSANDS of Liberals have ripped up their memberships and abandoned the party – not one headline, not one blog posting!

    Yet, when a frail 81 year old dipper has a political twinge and joins the Libs because he personally has problems with his Leader, Liberals are ‘all a twitter’!

    Give me a break.

  • Well Mr. Scott certainly has the Liberal talking points down, especially the one about Layton supporting Harper. It’s as if he hasn’t even followed the voting patterns of the various parties in the House for the last two years. Never let reality cramp a good story, eh? He will fit in well with his new party. The Liberal Party has an endless supply of Koolaid.

  • Ti-Guy

    Dismissal…

    “But letís be honest: that someone whose name hasnít been on a ballot for over 40 years Ė and whose role in history Liberals couldnít even remember to mention only 3 years ago – is taking out a $10 party membership is hardly newsworthy.”

    Followed by channel changing…

    “Professor Dion, we will see your Mr. Scott, and raise you Thomas Mulcair and Francoise Boivin – ex-Liberals of the contemporary era – who have united with Jack Layton to take on Stephen Harper.”

    Colour it Blue, and you’d swear you’re in Blogging Tory land.

    *yawn*

  • Reid Scott was a remarkable politician. His role in giving us the flag Canadians love today should never be overlooked nor forgotten (which incidentally it was during the 40th anniversary ceremony overseen by then-PM Paul Martin in 2005, to the anger of many New Democrats).

    But letís be honest: that someone whose name hasnít been on a ballot for over 40 years Ė and whose role in history Liberals couldnít even remember to mention only 3 years ago – is taking out a $10 party membership is hardly newsworthy.

    Professor Dion, we will see your Mr. Scott, and raise you Thomas Mulcair and Francoise Boivin – ex-Liberals of the contemporary era – who have united with Jack Layton to take on Stephen Harper.

  • No surprise that Layton is losing yet another NDP supporter. His attempts to capture voters in the centre are disenfranchising his base. Those he’s trying to attract aren’t fooled either. The fact that he’s an opportunist is clear to just about anyone.

    I liked the man who was chosen leader. What happened to that Layton continues to be a mystery.

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