Guess which province?
The one that Jack Layton scored the NDP's biggest electoral success in its history; where the Layton lead party broke the Bloc and elected 59 of its 103 MPs, catapulting it into Official Opposition status.
One would expect the NDP party brass to be hyperactive to cement Layton's gains in that massive new beachhead, but fortunately for the Liberals, they are scewing up big time, as the iPolitics article spells out:
The New Democratic Party is taking so long to issue membership cards in Quebec that even some MPs have been left waiting for months to get their own cards, iPolitics has learned.In the rest of the country, however, NDP MPs say it takes only a few days or a few weeks before membership cards are in the mail...Riccardo Filippone, spokesman for the federal NDP, denies there is any discrepancy between the time it takes for Quebec memberships to be processed and the time it takes for applications from other provinces. While it may take a while for “the formality” of sending out a membership card, those who apply for memberships are considered members the moment their applications are processed, he said.
“All memberships are being processed in time,” he said. “There’s no backlog.”
Filippone said the NDP has hired more staff to deal with the new memberships expected to come in as a result of the leadership race, but could not say how many had been hired.
However, several Quebec NDP MPs supporting a variety of leadership candidates say it is taking months to process membership applications from their constituents. Unlike other provinces where memberships can be processed by provincial NDP offices, membership applications from Quebec are processed by NDP headquarters in Ottawa.
What's even more ironic is that the interim leader of the NDP hails from that province!
The party stands a good chance of shooting itself in the foot in Quebec, and reducing its breakthrough there to a flash in the pan.
It won't be the first time that unelected executies of a political party have misunderstood political realities, thought everything was hunky dory and business as usual was OK, only to find the party enter into a death spiral.
A pity for Canada that this seems to be happening to the Orange Crush in a province formerly firmly in the hands of a separatist party that was disinterested in a wider Canada's affairs.