‘New Democrats are serious about victory’


 

Jack Layton lets slip the NDP’s secret plan to win the next election.

Premier Dexter’s victory is an inspiration to New Democrats from Halifax Harbour to Vancouver Bay. But the road to victory in Nova Scotia – just like Premier Doer’s in Manitoba – was long.

They built slowly with good candidates, sound new policies, and focused discipline. Critics often said they had no chance of winning. They say the same thing about federal New Democrats.

But we know that victory will not happen overnight. We are pursuing a similar strategy of incremental growth.


 

‘New Democrats are serious about victory’

  1. Tony Clement is clearly trying to avoid talking about the government's commendable record of providing public funding for gay-themed parades and festivals. I think Kady overestimated McVety's influence in her earlier blog post, but there is clearly a contingent of social conservatives still grumbling about the pride parade funding.

  2. Tony Clement is clearly trying to avoid talking about the government's commendable record of providing public funding for gay-themed parades and festivals. I think Kady overestimated McVety's influence in her earlier blog post, but there is obviously a contingent of social conservatives still grumbling about the pride parade funding.

  3. The fact of the matter is, in Montreal, there'd already been eight million dollars handed out for various fairs and festivals. I think Quebec has had a hitherto total of about 42% of the funds. = WOW I had no idea of this .. and they are complaining good grief!

    • The Marquis Tourism Events Fund was designed for Marquis (very large) events. Fact is that Quebec has more of those events than any other province, by far. Then comes Ontario. The rest of Canada is far, far behind.

      You can't produce a major event in the time from April to June. They take over a year to prepare, so only existing events can make use of these funds… you can't cobble together something at the last minute. These events have year-round staff and offices, etc.

      If there's a complaint about regionalism, it should be directed to the founders of the program who decided that the money should only go to these major events. The Squamish Mountain Festival wouldn't fit in the criteria, nor would Red Deer's CentreFest. That's not the fault of the Ottawa Bluesfest or Montreal's Just For Laughs festivals, that's the fault of the program itself.

  4. Wayne, The fact of the matter is that decisions on whether to grant or not grant hundreds of thousands of dollars for various fairs and festivals are being made at the last minute. Money is handed over for promotion with less than 1 week to go = WOW I had no idea the conservatives didn't give a crap about taking care of our money. Why aren't you complaining, good grief!

    • Scolding the Conservatives for wasting our money were be alot more effective if all the opposition parties weren't insisting that they waste even more.

      • Two points:
        1) The opposition may be pushing for more money being spent, but that does not mean they want it handed out at the last minute (see previous Well's posting regarding Ottawa music event).
        2) The opposition do not form the government and the government is responsible for managing how money is spent

        • The points are valid of course. However, with all the cries for stimulus measures and the need to push the money out the door as quickly as possible it's hard to imagine any of the other parties doing a better (maybe less incompetent is the better term) job. Maybe I'm an unimaginative person though.

          • I actually believe the stimulus funding would have been less if the Liberals formed the government. When Liberal governments have a strong Conservative opposition they are pushed towards prudent fiscal approaches. It was actually decades of Conservative leaders pushing the cost of administering the debt into the public eye that enabled Martin to make the brutal cuts necessary to eliminate the deficit. When Conservatives form the government they see all of their opposition on the left. There is a natural tendency to abandon their principles and increase spending to try to broaden their support. The problem is they are crappy at spending money well and so the more they spend the worse off we are.

          • It's a myth that Martin ever made brutal cuts, unless you were a provincial finance minister. Martin's cuts were primarily to transfer payments.

          • Those would be the Canada Health and Social Transfer payments…which, you know, pay for health and social programs. When he slashed the transfers, he cut into the ability of provinces (and, by extension, municipalities) to pay for the programs. I'm not seeing the "myth"…

          • The myth is that Martin made any of those hard program cutting choices, as I implied in my post, it was the provincial finance ministers that had to do the dirty work, and the provinces, not the feds, that had to deal with the fallout.

          • Its a myth the Martin ever made brutal cuts, unless you were a provincial finance minister. Martin's cuts were primarily to transfer payments.

      • That's only true if "scolding the Conservatives" and "defending one or more opposition parties" have to go together. They do not.

    • For a program that was only announced April 6, I would consider a turnaround of three months on the entire process to be rather efficient.

      If you are really arguing about whether the money should be spent at all, or in such a hurried fashion, then I agree with you.

  5. That should be "would be alot".

  6. That, of course, would be Marquee… I hate spell check.

  7. "We are pursuing a similar strategy of incremental growth."

    NDP have been growing 'incrementally' for 50 years but I think they should be speed up the process a bit. When do they plan on becoming Official Opposition, never mind government. Sometime in the next 50 years or is that too soon?

  8. "Vancouver Bay"? I don't think I, or anyone else who lives in Vancouver has heard that expression before.

    Is this some newly discovered geographic feature of the West Coast? Or perhaps it exists in the alternate universe Mr. Layton is moving to, where the NDP has a chance to form a federal government.

    • That's exactly what I thought too. There's a Vancouver Bay near Campbell River, but I'm guessing that's not what he meant. Probably he's thinking of English Bay, and considering he was doing a cha-cha next to it two weeks ago I would expect him to remember the name. But I guess it's a big country…

  9. Probably he was talking about the Bay (store) at 674 Granville Street.

    • That makes sense. The place is teeming with inspired New Democrats.

  10. To their credit, the NDP have done well with their Nova Scotia MPs. Check out Megan Leslie (best rookie) and Peter Stoffer (most collegial).

    • Stoffer is a great, non hyperpartisan MP. Does a lot of good work. I have a sneaking suspicion he drives Layton nuts.

      • I think it's hilarious that some hyperpartisan blog commenters thumbed me down for praising some non-hyperpartisan NDP MPs.

  11. Vancouver Bay is great his time of year.

    • And has a wonderful view of the Rocky Mountains. Just ask the Governor General.

  12. Vancouver Bay?

    I hope he also took time to praise the "local sports team" for their fine play this year.

    • And it has a lovely view of the Rocky Mountains. Just ask the Governor General.

  13. Well, if you'll recall, Harper adopted an "incremental" approach too. Seemed to work in 2006.

    Nice to see ol' Jack learning from Harper, isn't it?

  14. 1 – There is a huge difference between Dexter/Doer and Layton.
    2- What about the poor Dippers on the Rock? Poor Jack Harris

  15. From the Halifax Fjords to Nelson Sea! From Nunavut's sandy beaches to the glaciers of southern Alberta! O'er the wheat fields of Cornerbrook, 'cross the deserts of Churchill, 'neath the purple skies and flying monkeys of Emerald City, Sask., we WILL form the next government of parallel-universe Canada!

  16. I Googled "Vancouver Bay" and found that it is a town on the Jervis Inlet, the name for the mouth of the Vancouver River and the the name of two RCMP detachments.

    Maybe Layton has actually ben there?

    • I've lived in B.C. for years and I haven't heard of "Vancouver Bay". I think Jack meant to say "English Bay". As usual, NDP fact-checking isn't the most rigorous.

  17. …serious about victory

    Ha ha ha ha ha ha ha!!!!!!!!!!!