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Whither the Ontario NDP’s social conscience?

I’ve been observing this Ontario campaign with some curiosity as to why the Ontario Liberals decided they were going to target Andrea Horwath and the Ontario NDP first in the (pre)-camapaign over them failing to support their rather progressive budget, rather then go after Tim Hudak’s far-right stances/policies, which seemed to be a more obvious thing to attack. I think its now apparent why: there are a lot of progressive traditional voters of the NDP that are disgruntled by her tack to the centre, illustrated very well by Carol Goar:

Ontario’s churches, charities, social activists and anti-poverty advocates issued a statement in the second week of the provincial election campaign, […]

Some NDP hypocrisy on oil pipelines

I want to remark on an online/social media phenomenon I’ve seen, (mostly on Twitter) the past couple of days, where NDP activists, particularly ones who are active in the Toronto Centre by-election, are going after Justin Trudeau on his spoken support at a US conference (attended by ex-Australian PM Julia Gillard and former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright, among others) for Keystone XL and the proposed oil pipeline running south (yet to be approved by the US). This is not a new position he’s taken, though its being played up by some as that (and to be fair, a lot of the US activists he was talking to at the […]

Hoping for a change of government in BC

This is a post that some (but not all) of my BC Liberal acquaintances may not like, but as the BC Election draws near and the polls tighten, I’ll say without apology that to me, it would not be a bad thing if the provincial BC Liberal Party gets dumped out of office and the NDP led by Adrian Dix takes over the reins of power.

I’ve made it rather publicly known that I consider the BC Liberals LINO’s (Liberals In Name Only) who should be returning the name “Liberal” back to us as the party stands in its current form. Any party that counts Stockwell Day as one of […]

Polls on Liberal (would-be) contenders and NDP leads.

You might have seen a poll out in the past couple of days from Forum Research stating that if Justin Trudeau became Liberal Party leader, he’d receive 39% of the vote, Stephen Harper’s CPC getting 32% and the NDP reverting back to their long held 3rd party status with 20%. You might have also seen an Environics poll out as well that showed the NDP in the national lead with 35%, CPC at 31%, and the Liberals with the 20% that they’ve held basically since Election Day in 2011.

In both instances, they are interesting snapshots of the Canadian public, but in both cases, we’re a little under 3 years […]

Fighting fire with fire

You may have heard that the NDP has released it’s own “pre-election ad” going after Stephen Harper, though I understand this is so far again an internet-only ad, as was the Conservatives ad that targeted Mulcair earlier this year:

Some critics I’ve seen (mostly media types) complain this is an ad full of half-truths, and that it puts to shame the NDP’s past pronouncements of running a high-road campaign. They’re probably right, but after seeing what ignoring ads did to the Liberal Party under Stephane Dion and Michael Ignatieff, and how effective they were, can anyone really blame them for wanting to fight fire with fire? I don’t.

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Flipping thru Friday.

– Regarding this story, Harper and the Conservatives would never be so blatantly obvious in firing the independent Parliamentary Budget Officer. They’ll simply not renew his mandate when it runs out next year – and I presume they’ll try to find someone more amenable to their views. It’s too bad really – they’ll be losing a guy who has been far more accurate about projections and predictions on spending then Finance Minister Flaherty has shown to be.

– As has been documented earlier around the web and in the news, The NDP continues to rise in the polls. One wonders how long it will take the Conservative big guns to […]

Silly NDP Budget Antics

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 […]

Mulcair – impressive in CBC interview

This is a day ago, but I thought it worthwhile to post for those who didn’t see it in it’s entirety. The new NDP and Official Opposition Leader is being interviewed by Evan Solomon on his reaction to the Conservative 2012 Budget. I thought it was a pretty impressive performance. If he can translate that over to his stump speeches, he will be a formidable foe for both Harper and the new permanent Liberal leader.

Good soundbite quotes too – Evan really likes the one at the end over the penny.

http://www.cbc.ca/video/share/share.html?ID=2217031598

Some more thoughts on Mulcair and the Convention in general

After a day and a night of digesting what I saw at the NDP Convention, some thoughts on what I saw and heard:

– I’ve heard some say that Mulcair will charged as being an “opportunist” because he’s been associated with or had flirtations with other parties. As Susan Delacourt points out, he isn’t the only current party leader that’s done that – Harper in particular has done a fair bit of moving around. As well, I don’t know that anyone had a crystal ball back when he won that said working as an MP in Quebec (or trying to get elected) would be considered an “opportunistic move” – maybe […]

All options should be discussed at least – not thrown away arbritarily.

I see that we have some stories in the media about “merger talk growing” between the Liberals and NDP again after the funeral of Mr. Layton. We even had a couple of Liberal MP’s come out (Justin Trudeau notably) saying that while he wasn’t convinced it was the way to go, he was willing to listen or be convinced otherwise. There was then others such as Mr Rae flatly rejecting it.

Some say this is just media driven, and perhaps it is. Personally though, when you’re a party that has been losing votes over the last three elections, and losing seats, including your worst showing ever in the most […]

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