As some know, I’m not one who normally goes out of my way to go after the NDP on a lot of things, as they have positions closer to me then the Conservatives do by a longshot, but if this is Thomas Mulcair’s new strategy, it doesn’t exactly bode well for opposition party cooperation or opposition party supporter’s wooing:
..the New Democrats have still not let the Liberals respond to last week’s budget in the House of Commons and are going against tradition to use all of the response time themselves. When asked about the strategy after Question Period, Opposition Leader Thomas Mulcair said the NDP plans to use every opportunity the parliamentary rule book presented to demonstrate what is wrong with the budget.
On the one hand, it could be argued no one outside of party faithful and press gallery members care who says what in the opposition’s response to the Budget – particularly when it’s stretched over four days. On the other hand, it is antics like this that get your left-of-center Liberals (including me) who normally would be sympathetic to some NDP positions and willing to give them an ear on some of this rather ticked off; not exactly a way to woo those voters, if this is the tactics you’re using. Nathan Cullen and his view of cooperation appears to have been given short shrift here in the Mulcair led party.
If the NDP can point to example of when they were the 3rd party (or lower), where the Official Opposition, be they the Liberals, or the Conservatives, or the Alliance, or the Reform Party, or even the BQ, did the same kind of stunt that they can point to for precedence on this – that this isn’t breaking all traditions, as the reporter said – then feel free to point it out.