Saturday, April 22, 2006

Time To Question Jack's Leadership?

I
have tried to support Jack Layton, I have tried to give him the benefit of the doubt. Yes he has gained more seats in the house in each of the last 2 elections. So please don't think me a traitor, but the NDP sit at 14% in the national polls, and for what I have seen from Jack and the NDP, I can not see a bump in these numbers any time soon.

You see the NDP, are supposed to be the natural opposition to Harper and his Cons. The Liberals have no one at the helm, and are well just trying to tread water, in the hopes of a bump in the polls, once the future face of the Liberal party is finally choosen. The Libs also represent the messy middle, and are thus not that far in ideology from the Cons anyway. I want an NDP leader who does not toady up to the ruling party of the day. Sure the whole making parliament work for Canadians, sounds responsible and noble, but if the ruling party supports policy that is diameterically opposite to that in which you might support, to hell with making things work, stand up make a stink. PM Harper knows that all 3 opposition parties are in no way prepared to go to the polls again. If an election were called right now, the Tories would win a majority. That said, the NDP has to show some balls, stand up Jack, the whole wishywashy why can't we all be friends thing aint gonna work.

Stephen Harper is at a point where he believes he can govern like he has a majority. There is no real opposition, the Liberals are treading water, the Bloc aren't sure whether they should milk the Tories for all they are worth, or oppose them for fear of losing their hold on Quebec. Then there is Jack and the NDP. I think the average Canadain voter feel meh about Jack and the NDP. The NDP is ever the bronze medalist or fourth place, miss congeniality never wins the pageant.

These should be heady times for the NDP, what with a healthy number of mps, not quite the balance of power, but enough to make a stink. It has come to point where that the NDP might need a dramatic makeover. This is a parliament where the NDP should shine, forget about making it work, stand up for something Jack, and for God's sake shave that moustache. All this said who could be the new face of the NDP? Sorry Jack, like I have said, I am sick of being in 3rd place or a healthy fourth. I want to win.

8 Comments:

Anonymous Trevor said...

My pick for the next leader of the NDP, when ever the need for a new leader should arise is Charlie Angus.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Charlie_Angus

4/22/2006 5:20 p.m.  
Blogger wilson61 said...

I think you will see PMSH help Jack out more than any Liberal gov't ever did; it is the only way to squeeze out the Libs, something the Cons want too.
Advise from a Con to a Dipper, stand behind your man or the Libs will swallow you whole.

4/23/2006 12:23 p.m.  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

re wilson61. Are you nuts? Do you really believe Harper and his right wing, pro-Bush, anti-anything that resembles understanding or compassion for Canadian values, i.e. ( strong independent supreme court, an understanding that we are not at war, hence when our PEACE TROOPS are killed we should always lower the flags to half mast, proper child care programs and funding, and respect for all parties, etnic groups (immigrants and otherwise) and regions of the country and for Harper's own cabinet ministers.)could possibility work in any way with the NDP. If their goal is to work together to wipe out the liberals and not to benefit th country and its citizens, then I suggest both parties better get their priorities straight.

PG

4/24/2006 6:25 a.m.  
Blogger RJL said...

Here anonymous, you dropped your tin foil hat...

I don't think Jack Layton is the sole problem. I think blame lies at the feet of the entire party.

Personally, I'd rather see the NDP run as a real third option and get its ass kicked than continue to act like we're doing good because we gained a couple seats.

The Conservatives took almost 30 seats. Now that's a gain!

4/29/2006 6:14 a.m.  
Blogger pinkocanuck said...

The always the bridesmaid thing is killing me....screw the 3rd option, play to win, or hang it up.

4/30/2006 1:33 p.m.  
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