“We have no intention of abandoning the people in the riding who voted for the NDP and we plan to keep them informed and not abandon them even though Ms St-Denis and the Liberal Party really have no respect for their democratic rights.”
Housser said thousands of people in the riding are upset with St-Denis’ actions and the NDP was simply giving them the opportunity to express their feelings directly to their member of parliament. “When MPs take unpopular positions and actions they should deal appropriately with reaction from their voters.”
Sound familiar? Recall what I reported two weeks ago.
The permanent campaign is unfolding in quieter ways too. In addition to those billboards, the NDP has been making automated calls into Conservative-held ridings in the Greater Toronto Area. Listeners—presumably suburban and urban dwellers who are more likely to support the long-gun registry—are told their MP has voted to abolish the registry. They are then invited to press a button if they wish to express their opinion to that MP, at which point they are patched through to the constituency office. The NDP is then able to track how many people were engaged enough by the message to want to speak to the MP.