April Reign As support for the NDP rises there rumblings from some quarters that the NDP is somehow betraying Canada by running a great campaign. Like Harper they have fallen victim to the idea of Canada as a two party system. The concept is that by not supporting the LiberalsContinue reading
Open Letter to my MP A blog post from Pearson’s Post (Link Here) Dear Olivia Chow,(Or, campaign staffer who is screening the emails she gets),Thank you for calling me tonight at home in the riding of Trinity-Spadina to ask if you could count on my volunteer help.As I said atContinue reading
…and a-b-o-u-t t-w-e-n-t-y people showed up?
(Yes, we used hyphens to make the crowd look bigger.)Continue reading
Much as been written recently about the NDP’s recent breakthrough in polls in Quebec.
Like Brian Mulroney, the NDP seems to be drawing well among the so called “soft nationalist” vote.
New Democrats tell Quebecois voters that their party:
Kootenay-Columbia NDP candidate Mark Shmigelsky has a gun registry plan. It’s not a very good plan but it is his plan:If the gun registry issues comes again I will sit down with Rod & Gun clubs to find how we all feel, whether we are for it or again…Continue reading
If an experienced NDP candidate in rural Central Alberta can stand up for the long gun registry, why won’t Jack Layton?Continue reading
After a long campaign, highlighted more by how much the leaders agreed than any substantive disagreements (except maybe on who hates Gordon Campbell the most), voting has commenced for the BC NDP, and I have made my votes. It’s a preferential ballot, and I tried to balance competing needs in my head, yet I don’t […]Continue reading
Liberal leader Michael Ignatieff was fiery on tonight’s national leaders debate. He covered every topic under the sun and reminded Canadians exactly why we are having this election. There were a few stumbles, these debates are never perfect. But he was on point when he needed to be and nailedContinue reading
The majority of ridings are essentially a lock before the election even happens. A minority have a good competition and a small number end up being too close for poll aggregates to predict the day before the election. There is thus a reasonab…Continue reading
My analysis of the NDP’s platform for Global Television News. It has proven to be a politically shrewd, but fiscally improbable document. Ultimately, could Layton deliver on his his five key areas during his first 100 days, as he promises? Not unless t…Continue reading
Today the president of the Federation of Canadian Municipalities lauded the NDP platform for it’s commitment to invest in real solutions for Canadian cities. Below is the letter posted to the FCM website for your perusal.This is great news, as no party…Continue reading
Other than those stupid lawn signs that flood the cities every time we have an election, TV ads are obviously the most engaging way to capture the emotion of the voter. Other than attack ads, this time around, the parties have taken alternative routes to try to get the votesContinue reading
Week 2 of #elxn41 is well under way, and the election ads have been rather predictable. The Harper Conservatives have gone negative with their Iggy is an illegal alien ads. The Liberals have rolled out their pouty “I am Michael and I am too a Canadian” commercials. The Greens haveContinue reading
There’s little chance that Jack Layton will get a fair reading of his platform and people’s response to it from the mainstream Canadian media. A great example of this is a sleazy little piece written by Gloria Galloway, who’s covering the NDP campaig…Continue reading
I’ve learned who the local NDP candidate for the Okanagan Shuswap is. Nikki Inouye.Here’s from her bio on the NDP website:Nikki Inouye was born and raised in the Okanagan Valley.Nikki has been an active member of the BC Hospital Employee’s Union for …Continue reading
Fellow DemReform blogger CuriosityCat has a great post today on a little tidbit that passed the lips of Jack Layton: “The way to stop Stephen Harper from getting a majority is to take Conservative seats one by one, and defeat the MPs who are there. That’s how you stop Mr. Harper from getting a majority,” I […]Continue reading
And neither could Stephen Harper when the polls closed back in 2008. The parliament that was elected in 08 was the group he was given to work with. Many Conservatives joined him, but not so many that he didn’t need a little help from the other parties to get anythingContinue reading
It’s exciting. It’s an election! The government has fallen, and it’s now our chance to kick the bums out of office.I’ll definitely volunteer my time to help the NDP in my riding, which is now the Shuswap (sorry, Thompson), as I’ve been living here the …Continue reading
Well folks, here it is for you in black and white right from the order paper for March 25th 2011:
March 23, 2011 — Mr. Ignatieff (Etobicoke—Lakeshore) — That the House agree with the finding of the Standing Committee on Procedu…
NDP (as of 25 Mar) SAFE (> 10 pt ahead) = 17 >>> absolute minimum = 17 seats STRONG (5-10 pt ahead) = 8 >>> likely low = 25 seats LEANING (>> current projection = 32 seats CLOSE (>> likely high = 40 […]Continue reading