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Pushed to the Left and Loving It: Thomas Mulcair is Only a Symptom of a Much Bigger Problem for the NDP

“The party got off to a bad start with its election promise to balance the budget without raising taxes. That promise, difficult to honour during a period of general economic turmoil, would seriously limit its policy options.”

That quote, though fitting, was not about the last federal election, but was written about the Nova Scotia NDP,  that got trounced after just one mandate.  The author, Howard Epstein,  was a long serving NDP MLA who wrote the book:  Hope betrayed? The Nova Scotia NDP’s rocky fall from power.

Epstein asks:  “If the NDP can’t differentiate itself from other parties, should it exist?”

That is a very good question.  Federally, they are now back to third party status, in a Liberal majority, with a progressive platform; what will their role be?  How can they possibly hope to rebuild when they have nothing to rebuild on?

Their appointment of the right-wing Thomas Mulcair as leader, and their disastrous election campaign, has left them rudderless.

Social activist Michael Laxer, on his The Left Chapter blog, also puts much of the blame on the NDP themselves, but sees their refusal to take responsibility as a major hindrance.  They can’t accept that they did anything wrong, but instead call for blind devotion and solidarity.

Solidarity that will be hard to achieve, when the true believers; the activists who coalesced around the NDP, have, as Laxer points out; already left.  Or truthfully, were banished.

Covering the NDP leadership convention, John Ibbitson wrote:

Make no mistake about the importance of what happened in Toronto last weekend: Tens of thousands of New Democrats rebelled against the party establishment – a cabal of union leaders, academics, journalists and party apparatchiks – to elect an outsider. 

They did it, in the words of one NDP supporter who was at the convention, because they no longer wanted to be led by “a comfy sweater.” Mr. Mulcair and Brian Topp, who finished second, were both seen as bare-knuckle politicians who could take on the Conservatives and win.

They forgot that it was the “cabal of union leaders, academics, journalists and party apparatchiks” who helped to build the NDP.

Another social activist and NDP team builder, Murray Dobbin, wrote of Mulcair’s leadership victory:

“Facing a ruthless tough guy? Get your own ruthless tough guy. And possibly create a monster you can’t control. It is as if policy, philosophy, and vision for the country have simply been devalued to the point where they are an afterthought or some vaguely interesting historical relic.”

They are no longer facing a “ruthless tough guy” so do they really need Mulcair now?  Not that it really matters, because without their activist base, who are they?

Those activists can now work with Justin Trudeau, to build the kind of Canada that we want to live in, since the NDP are no longer in a position to do much of anything.

And as CTV points out, there is still the matter of the 2.7 million dollars owed by current and defeated MPs, and with no money to fight the decision in court, this could very well spell the end of the NDP.

Even a petition to demand the resignation of Mulcair, is getting very little traction.  It’s like they no longer care.  Why should they?

The emphasis will be on the Liberals and Justin Trudeau as they work to repair the damage done by the Harper government.

And with Trudeau, all comfy sweaters are welcome.

. . . → Read More: Pushed to the Left and Loving It: Thomas Mulcair is Only a Symptom of a Much Bigger Problem for the NDP

Pushed to the Left and Loving It: Thomas Mulcair is Only a Symptom of a Much Bigger Problem for the NDP

“The party got off to a bad start with its election promise to balance the budget without raising taxes. That promise, difficult to honour during a period of general economic turmoil, would seriously limit its policy options.”

That quote, though fitting, was not about the last federal election, but was written about the . . . → Read More: Pushed to the Left and Loving It: Thomas Mulcair is Only a Symptom of a Much Bigger Problem for the NDP

Politics and its Discontents: Olivia Chow’s Video About Bill C-51

Given yesterday’s post on the growing worldwide governmental repression of civil society groups and NGOs, as well as the disturbing information included in my update, a video by Olivia Chow attacking the Liberal position on Bill C-51 seems especially pertinent. The NDP is launching a national attack on Justin Trudeau’s Liberals over their support for . . . → Read More: Politics and its Discontents: Olivia Chow’s Video About Bill C-51

Pushed to the Left and Loving It: NDP Plan Rally to Dishonour Two Fallen Canadian Soldiers

Stagnating in public support, the NDP are trying desperately to get back to the days when the passion over Bill C-51; the omnibus bill that is now law, and changes many laws; gave them a bump in the polls.  To do that they are planning rallies aga… . . . → Read More: Pushed to the Left and Loving It: NDP Plan Rally to Dishonour Two Fallen Canadian Soldiers

Pushed to the Left and Loving It: NDP Plan Rally to Dishonour Two Fallen Canadian Soldiers

Stagnating in public support, the NDP are trying desperately to get back to the days when the passion over Bill C-51; the omnibus bill that is now law, and changes many laws; gave them a bump in the polls.  To do that they are planning rallies against the Liberals over Harper’s C-51.

The media . . . → Read More: Pushed to the Left and Loving It: NDP Plan Rally to Dishonour Two Fallen Canadian Soldiers

daveberta.ca - Alberta Politics: Tuesday candidate nomination update in Alberta

Alberta’s New Democrats demonstrated some organizational strength last weekend as close to 400 supporters packed the TransAlta Arts Barns to watch party leader Rachel Notley accept the nomination to be a candidate in Edmonton-Strathcona. On hand for the unofficial NDP… Continue Reading →

daveberta.ca - Alberta Politics: Monday morning candidate nomination updates in Alberta

The Progressive Conservatives held their first “Super Saturday” on Feb. 21, 2015, during which contested nominations were held in seven constituencies. The handful of contested PC nominations have been overshadowed by the nearly forty acclamations by incumbent PC MLAs across the province…. Continue Reading →

BigCityLib Strikes Back: Our Long Municipal Nightmare Is Over

Of course one’s first response must be an overwhelming sense of relief.  The Ford’s are gone from power in this town, even though Rob reclaimed his council seat out in Etobicoke.  That’s a sideshow. Peak Ford has passed.  Ford Nation is dead.  Even though they turned out in full force for this the Ford’s have . . . → Read More: BigCityLib Strikes Back: Our Long Municipal Nightmare Is Over

Politics, Re-Spun: The Election-Eve Racist, Sexist Attack on Olivia Chow

If this cartoon were published, say, 2 weeks before the election, it would have been debated as a tool of racist, sexist propaganda and yet another blemish on corporate media. Her support would likely have grown after such a brutally immature attack.

But because politics is a dirty, disgusting, sociopathic game, it was published the . . . → Read More: Politics, Re-Spun: The Election-Eve Racist, Sexist Attack on Olivia Chow

Eh Types: When Being Right Feels Wrong

In March of this year I had a job interview with a well known political consulting group. I must say despite not being hired I immensely enjoyed the interview. One of the questions I was asked, other than my response to a zombie apocalypse, was what I thought the main issue facing Toronto in the . . . → Read More: Eh Types: When Being Right Feels Wrong

Aaron Manton: 2014 Municipal Election Endorsements

Toronto Mayor – Olivia Chow Brant Mayor – Roy Haggart Toronto City Council Ward 1 – Idil Burale Ward 2 – Andray Domise Ward 9 – Maria Augimeri Ward 13 – Sarah Doucette Ward 14 – Gord Perks Ward 16 – JP Boutros Ward 17 – Alejandra Bravo Ward 18 – Alex Mazer Ward 19 . . . → Read More: Aaron Manton: 2014 Municipal Election Endorsements

The Ranting Canadian: John Tory, the leading Conservative Party candidate for Toronto…

John Tory, the leading Conservative Party candidate for Toronto mayor, has gotten endorsements from the Conservative Toronto Sun (after they previously promoted the Ford brothers), the Conservative Globe and Mail, Conservative Toronto city councillor Denzil Minnan-Wong, a bunch of other lesser-known Conservative city councillors, federal Conservative Transport Minister Lisa Raitt, Conservative prime minister . . . → Read More: The Ranting Canadian: John Tory, the leading Conservative Party candidate for Toronto…

The Ranting Canadian: Doug Ford should drop out of the Toronto mayoral race – he is…

Doug Ford should drop out of the Toronto mayoral race – he is splitting the anti-John Tory vote. John Tory should drop out of the mayoral race because he is splitting the anti-Doug Ford vote. They should both drop out because they are both splitting the pro-Chow vote.

If that sounds silly . . . → Read More: The Ranting Canadian: Doug Ford should drop out of the Toronto mayoral race – he is…

Autonomy For All: Ranked Balloting (Toronto) Primer: This Needs to Happen

In 2013, City Council voted 25-16 in favour of a motion that (among other things) asked the province to implement legislation authorizing ranked balloting (or “instant runoff voting” – IRV) for municipal elections in Toronto.  Since then, the re-elected Liberals included a specific promise to implement such legislation for all Ontario municipalities.

What Is . . . → Read More: Autonomy For All: Ranked Balloting (Toronto) Primer: This Needs to Happen

Autonomy For All: Ranked Balloting (Toronto) Primer: This Needs to Happen

In 2013, City Council voted 25-16 in favour of a motion that (among other things) asked the province to implement legislation authorizing ranked balloting (or “instant runoff voting” – IRV) for municipal elections in Toronto.  Since then, the re-e… . . . → Read More: Autonomy For All: Ranked Balloting (Toronto) Primer: This Needs to Happen

Progressive Proselytizing: Olivia Chow loses when the race is about Rob Ford

On paper, the Toronto Mayoral race should be a cakewalk for the NDP’s Olivia Chow. Consider, it is down to two conservatives who will split votes on the right and a single progressive on the left, from a city who has previously had the political makeup… . . . → Read More: Progressive Proselytizing: Olivia Chow loses when the race is about Rob Ford

Progressive Proselytizing: Olivia Chow loses when the race is about Rob Ford

On paper, the Toronto Mayoral race should be a cakewalk for the NDP’s Olivia Chow. Consider, it is down to two conservatives who will split votes on the right and a single progressive on the left, from a city who has previously had the political makeup to elect NDP candidates like David Miller. Indeed, . . . → Read More: Progressive Proselytizing: Olivia Chow loses when the race is about Rob Ford

Eh Types: Progressively Worse

Toronto seemed gripped in a mix of terror and disbelief yesterday. Rumours Wednesday night were a new poll would show Ford in the lead. Yesterday the poll while having Tory in front, had a significant bump for Ford. Panic ensued as though a raccoon army had arrived carrying signs that read “First Your Green Bins, . . . → Read More: Eh Types: Progressively Worse

Autonomy For All: The Forest On Chow’s Bus Pledge Problems

How did we let our bus fleet get into this bad a shape and why is Chow the only “major” candidate proposing anything to fix it? The Toronto Star has today published a piece finding problems in the feasibility of Olivia Chow’s promise to improve bus ser… . . . → Read More: Autonomy For All: The Forest On Chow’s Bus Pledge Problems

Autonomy For All: The Forest On Chow’s Bus Pledge Problems

How did we let our bus fleet get into this bad a shape and why is Chow the only “major” candidate proposing anything to fix it?

The Toronto Star has today published a piece finding problems in the feasibility of Olivia Chow’s promise to improve bus service if elected Mayor.  To be specific, Chow . . . → Read More: Autonomy For All: The Forest On Chow’s Bus Pledge Problems

Alberta Diary: Happy Canada Day from the prime minister of Canada and the premier of Alberta, channeled by Perfesser Dave

Oooooh! Happy Canada Day, Canadians. Enjoy yourselves. Prime Minister Steve Harper and Premier Dave Hancock wish they could be here with you and Perfesser Dave. Below: Mr. Hancock and Mr. Harper … Happy-Happy!

Happy Canada Day!

Perfesser Dave, here, the political predictions guy, speaking on behalf of my friends Stephen Harper and David . . . → Read More: Alberta Diary: Happy Canada Day from the prime minister of Canada and the premier of Alberta, channeled by Perfesser Dave

Aaron Manton: Olivia Chow is the Best Choice for a Bike-Friendly Mayor of Toronto

On October 27th of this year, Toronto will have the opportunity to elect a new Mayor who will commit to improving transportation in our city. For those who want a bike-friendly mayor who understands the importance of all modes of transportation, Olivia Chow is the best choice.

BigCityLib Strikes Back: Lorrie Goldstein May Be A Kook, But

…he’s not necessarily wrong about this: Chow doesn’t want Ford out of the race because that helps John Tory: Chow stops short of calling for Ford to resign http://t.co/o6CXaAJfEL— Lorrie Goldstein (@sunlorrie) May 1, 2014

You might make a counter-argument that in places like Scarborough, where there are a lot of new Canadians, Chow and . . . → Read More: BigCityLib Strikes Back: Lorrie Goldstein May Be A Kook, But

The Ranting Canadian: Due to the poor attendance at Rob Ford’s campaign kickoff…

Due to the poor attendance at Rob Ford’s campaign kickoff party, his new theme song could be “Half Empty Halls” by The Evaporators.

By most accounts, the April 17, 2014 event was a flop, with low turnout, no “history in the making” moments (another Ford promise broken), none of the celebrity appearances . . . → Read More: The Ranting Canadian: Due to the poor attendance at Rob Ford’s campaign kickoff…

Montreal Simon: Rob Ford and the Beast of The Great White North

Well his campaign isn't doing too good lately. It's a little wobbly like Rob Ford himself. Decent people don't want anything to do with him. Or let their children anywhere near him. So now he's holding ten thousand chocolate eggs.And goodness knows what else. But at least he was able to add two new . . . → Read More: Montreal Simon: Rob Ford and the Beast of The Great White North