Friday, September 07, 2012

To know, know, know Mulcair, is to love, love, love him less

The tussle between the NDP, led by Thomas Mulcair, and the currently leaderless Liberal Party of Canada is heating up.

And some Liberals are targeting the ambivalent positions of the NDP and its leader in a strategy to focus the attention of the media and of voters on essential policies of the socialist party which have enjoyed very little broad examination to date.

Thomas Mulcair’s positives:

Thomas Mulcair is the only leader of a federal party with net positive views by voters, but there is a trend that should alarm the NDP: the more voters get to know him, the less support he gets.

As Abacus Data put it in their August 17, 2012 poll result:

However, the latest survey finds that as Canadians become more familiar with Mulcair the number of respondents who say they have an unfavourable impression has begun to increase. Those who said they don’t know, or feel neutral towards Mulcair have declined (by four points) since June and those who said they have an unfavourable impression have increased by three points.

What’s good for the goose is good for the gander.
The Mulcair Cake Dilemma

And the more the voters get to know the ‘real’ NDP, the less they will like them.

The more, more, more we know them, the less, less, less we love them.

The Liberal motion targeting the Sherbrooke Resolution:

The cat was tossed among the NDP pigeons by reports of some Liberals planning a motion in Parliament aimed at exposing the doublespeak of the NDP on a referendum by a separatist government in Quebec:

NDP MPs gathered for the final day of their caucus retreat in St. John's found themselves facing questions about a media report that said the Liberals were contemplating a motion asking Parliament to reaffirm its support for the Clarity Act…

One Liberal MP, who spoke anonymously, confirmed some Liberals want to flush NDP leader Tom Mulcair "out of the bushes or make him browbeat his own caucus into submission" on the issue.

This is a good strategy. As the most likely result of the next election will be a Conservative minority government, soon replaced after a vote of confidence by a coalition of the NDP and LPC, there is very little time for the media and voters to explore the contradictions that lie in the heart of the NDP. This analysis is necessary, because voters need to understand the policies of the two parties that will form the coalition government, before the next election, so that there are few surprises when the coalition accord is hammered out.

The next Liberal motion on the role of profit in the Canadian economy:

Liberals should explore tabling another motion in the House in order to expose the true nature of the NDP with respect to its socialist policies. As my earlier post explains, the NDP has not yet moved towards modernizing its policies with respect to socialism and the nationalization of private sector companies.

A motion by the Liberals that targets the denial by the current NDP constitution of a role for profit in our economy will do the trick.

The NDP constitution’s preamble contains this statement:

That the production and distribution of goods and services shall be directed to meeting thesocial and individual needs of people within a sustainable environment and economy and not tothe making of profit;

Perhaps the following Liberal motion would help Thomas Mulcair explain the position of his socialist party:

THAT the House supports that the economy of Canada should include the production and distribution of goods and services to be directed to meeting the social and individual needs of people within a sustainable environment and economy as well as to the making of profit.

Let’s see if the Mulcair NDP can have its cake and eat it on this topic.

1 comment :

  1. Now that the NDP have, in successive elections, helped Harper get elected and delivered Harper his majority - all by trashing the Libs, they're suddenly preaching "it's all about stopping Harper, so let's get along." Bollocks. Layton didn't give a shit about helping Harper because he knew his chance of taking second place involved taking down the Libs. Now the Libs chance of recovering second place goes straight through the NDP. Go for it, take them down. They've got it coming, in spades.


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