Thursday, April 21, 2011

What's happening with the NDP???!

I'm as shocked as anyone at the sudden, apparent surge of the New Democrats in Quebec.

It makes sense the NDP would eventually win appeal with Quebecers. Jack Layton is a native son and he's been organizing there for years and it's paying off. We've always known that Quebec is the most socialist/progressive of the 10 provinces. And now, due to the unique circumstances of 2011, the NDP has managed to find a window into the hearts of many Quebecois voters. If the NDP manage to hang on to this lead in the Quebec popular vote, this'll signal a historic breakthrough, one that changes federal politics forever. It's also nice to see a populist wave coming from the left for a change.

Michael Ignatieff is still in this, but this election is now completely up in the air...

Please feel free to share your thoughts to make sense of all this:


kitt said...

One commentator mentioned that this means 8 more seats than the Conservatives for the Liberals and the NDP. They won't need the Bloc to form government. hmmmmmm

Tomm said...

I live on the other side of the country and it doesn't make a lot of sense to me either.

Perhaps it was just that the BQ were past their best before date and the only one that sniffed that out and began appealing to the separatist voter was Jack. He talked about opening up the constitution and seemed to resonate with those in Quebec paying attention.

I think this a great result for Canada. If Quebec wants to support a socialist alternative, better that it is a nationalist choice.

Gene Rayburn said...

Tomm, are you okay?

Gordie_Canuk said...

I'm surprised a break through in QC has taken this long...although Jack is the first NDP leader comfortable and fluent in la langue française.

The point was made in a previous comment about Québec being Canada's most progressive and liberal minded province...100% true, and they have the highest per capita union membership in the country, a perfect fit for the NDP.

All I think it took was a leader who could articulate the NDP's vision in both of Canada's official languages.

Would love to see the Libs and NDP poll 50+ % of the national vote...that would make it harder for Harper to bitch and moan, not that it would stop him.

A Eliz. said...

As long a those votes don't have the Cons going up the middle between the Bloc and the NDP..Harper is licking his lips that that may happen.