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The NDP memo: speaking truth(ish) to power (loosely defined)

Cue chorus from ‘Wind Beneath My Wings’


 

Postmedia has “obtained exclusively” a copy of a memo prepared by NDP strategist Brad Lavigne for the eyes of party leader Jack Layton. That sounds like trouble because internal political memos tend to convey an honest and frank assessment of the lay of the land and a party’s strengths and vulnerabilities. Get ready to see some dirty NDP laundry (mostly polyester shirts and Grandma undies, I assume).

Here’s what Lavigne tells Layton, according to the Postmedia report:

  • Your party is ready to go for an election.
  • The NDP is prepared to wage an “aggressive” campaign on a budget that’s “the largest in our party’s history.”
  • The NDP “base” has solidified behind your leadership.
  • Every New Democrat MP – every single one – will be re-elected.
  • The NDP will win many seats currently held by the Conservatives.
  • Many Liberal voters “do like you” and are “very willing to vote NDP.”
  • Michael Ignatieff is no threat and he’s going to quit politics as soon as he loses.

Whew. Bracing stuff. That had to be tough for Layton to read, in that it left out the part about him having soft hands, a captivating singing voice and the raw charisma of a young Marlon Brando. In conclusion, Mr. Layton, the strategic landscape is such that [cue chorus from Wind Beneath My Wings].

It’s almost as if – no, it’s crazy even to think it – but it’s almost as if they wanted someone in the media to “obtain exclusively” this memo…


 
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The NDP memo: speaking truth(ish) to power (loosely defined)

  1. they wouldn't… would they?

  2. they wouldn't… would they?

    • I wonder who your master is at mcc mag? The Ndp is just what we need to take the proverbial bull, and all the bull$&!t in the economy right bloody now! Jack Layton is not corruptible, and he will speak truth to power, and the people will listen!
      Yes, we're all sick and tired of being sick and tired. And especially of all the ripping off of incomes from the middle and working classes, carried out by millionaire & billionaire Corrupt corporate powers. It is completely ironic to think you can fool all of the people all of the time. Because in the last last line of your whole life- you will be fooling yourself all of the time.
      It takes little effort to find out what is and has been going on the last 30years – a crazy system that is destroying the limited world we live upon.

      • are you talking to me?

  3. More interesting question: why would PostMedia be helping the NDP with this nonsense? I think I see you agenda showing PostMedia!

  4. More interesting question: why would PostMedia be helping the NDP with this nonsense? I think I see you agenda showing PostMedia!

    • I am starting to think that the whole Harper team including supporters like playing the media victim(which is laughable really)…………..seriously are you all THAT paranoid?

    • They dutifully leak all the other parties so-called "internal memos", so why not the NDP's? This fake leak business (not to be confused with the fake lake) is old hat.

      • ah, but this is a fake leak of a fake memo! no genuine strategy memo would be so absurdly upbeat and quiet on potential vulnerabilities. it appears as though they wrote it specifically to "leak" it.

        • In other words, it's a press release.

        • Duh! OF COURSE it was written specifically for public consumption! And it is of the same strategy the CPC has used effectively: spook the Liberals into not bringing down the government, since even the party that is "ready to fight an election" would rather not have one.

          Si vis pacem, para bellum.

          The Tories take the media on an elaborate tour of a suburban Ottawa war room. The NDP prints off a fake memo and leaves it in a brown envelope somewhere near a PPG reporter. So, at least the NDP wins points for fiscal prudence when they bare their fangs.

  5. I wonder who your master is at mcc mag? The Ndp is just what we need to take the proverbial bull, and all the bull$&!t in the economy right bloody now! Jack Layton is not corruptible, and he will speak truth to power, and the people will listen!
    Yes, we're all sick and tired of being sick and tired. And especially of all the ripping off of incomes from the middle and working classes, carried out by millionaire & billionaire Corrupt corporate powers. It is completely ironic to think you can fool all of the people all of the time. Because in the last last line of your whole life- you will be fooling yourself all of the time.
    It takes little effort to find out what is and has been going on the last 30years – a crazy system that is destroying the limited world we live upon.

  6. I am starting to think that the whole Harper team including supporters like playing the media victim(which is laughable really)…………..seriously are you all THAT paranoid?

  7. Congratulations you completely misinterpreted my conversation. I actually think that postmedia is trying to HELP the NDP. Why? Because a stronger NDP means more vote splitting on the centre-left which helps elect Harperites.

    I think both Harper and Layton are scraed to death that what happened in the recent Vaughn and Winnipeg North byelections (the centre-left consolidating their vote behind the Liberals) will play out on a national scale next election. The consequences of that would probably end both their political careers.

  8. Congratulations you completely misinterpreted my conversation. I actually think that postmedia is trying to HELP the NDP. Why? Because a stronger NDP means more vote splitting on the centre-left which helps elect Harperites.

    I think both Harper and Layton are scraed to death that what happened in the recent Vaughn and Winnipeg North byelections (the centre-left consolidating their vote behind the Liberals) will play out on a national scale next election. The consequences of that would probably end both their political careers.

  9. They dutifully leak all the other parties so-called "internal memos", so why not the NDP's? This fake leak business (not to be confused with the fake lake) is old hat.

  10. ah, but this is a fake leak of a fake memo! no genuine strategy memo would be so absurdly upbeat and quiet on potential vulnerabilities. it appears as though they wrote it specifically to "leak" it.

  11. In other words, it's a press release.

  12. The Globe is now reporting that it was a "stategic leak." But more importantly , what's with the 5:36am timestamp up there Feschuck?

    I only have one life rule, don't take football advice from anyone who gets up before 6am. Now you're dead to me.

  13. The Globe is now reporting that it was a "stategic leak." But more importantly , what's with the 5:36am timestamp up there Feschuck?

    I only have one life rule, don't take football advice from anyone who gets up before 6am. Now you're dead to me.

    • Well if anyone would know about a "stategic leak" it would be Taber :P

      • is that an Olestra joke?

  14. I'm happy to hear Harper say that the GG should consult widely in deciding how to react if a PM loses a confidence vote (i.e. this should not result automatically in an election).

  15. Well if anyone would know about a "stategic leak" it would be Taber :P

  16. I'm happy to hear Harper say that the GG should consult widely in deciding how to react if a PM loses a confidence vote (i.e. this should not result automatically in an election).

    • That's a different thread. You need a navigation assistance device.

  17. are you talking to me?

  18. is that an Olestra joke?

  19. Wait a minute. Last election Jack Layton said that he was running to be Prime Minister. Now he's running to hold his current NDP seats and "pick up a number of seats held by the Conservatives."

    I am by no means an expert in this area, but if this was in fact an intentional leak, why would the NDP be conveying a sense that it has spent the last two years backsliding and is going into a possible election less confident about its ability to win seats than in 2008?

  20. Wait a minute. Last election Jack Layton said that he was running to be Prime Minister. Now he's running to hold his current NDP seats and "pick up a number of seats held by the Conservatives."

    I am by no means an expert in this area, but if this was in fact an intentional leak, why would the NDP be conveying a sense that it has spent the last two years backsliding and is going into a possible election less confident about its ability to win seats than in 2008?

    • I noticed that too. They are definitely scared and playing defence. I can smell the fear actually.

      • Is that LPC nicotine on the end of that great nose?

    • There had to be realism somewhere in the document, Kyle.

  21. Same fantasy memo the NDP uses every election, and has done for 60 odd years.

    'Next year in Jerusalem'

  22. Same fantasy memo the NDP uses every election, and has done for 60 odd years.

    'Next year in Jerusalem'

  23. That's a different thread. You need a navigation assistance device.

  24. I noticed that too. They are definitely scared and playing defence. I can smell the fear actually.

  25. Duh! OF COURSE it was written specifically for public consumption! And it is of the same strategy the CPC has used effectively: spook the Liberals into not bringing down the government, since even the party that is "ready to fight an election" would rather not have one.

    Si vis pacem, para bellum.

    The Tories take the media on an elaborate tour of a suburban Ottawa war room. The NDP prints off a fake memo and leaves it in a brown envelope somewhere near a PPG reporter. So, at least the NDP wins points for fiscal prudence when they bare their fangs.

  26. There had to be realism somewhere in the document, Kyle.

  27. Is that LPC nicotine on the end of that great nose?

  28. I have never voted NDP but have had enough of the CONartist Party and the fibLIBers. I am hoping to find ONE honest and ethical candidate within the NDP???? Maybe I am dreaming

  29. Maybe you should stop dreaming and work on your material. Seriously, CONartisit and fibLIBers? What were you thinking?

  30. Maybe you should stop dreaming and work on your material. Seriously, CONartisit and fibLIBers? What were you thinking?

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