Hmmmm...Just wanted to point out something. The Liberals lose in one Montreal by-election in September and all hell breaks loose, the media start printing any and all utterances of discontent from Liberal party workers on the nation's front pages and declare that Stephane Dion's leadership is hanging by a thread.
Meanwhile, the NDP under Jack Layton fails to elect a single MP in the party's cradle of Saskatchewan in two elections, where the old CCF was born, and nobody seems to notice. The NDP won five seats in Saskatchewan both in 1993 and 1997, dropping to two MPs in 2000. But when city slicker Jack took over, the NDP dropped to zero in 2004 and again zero in 2006. Prospects for electing federal Dippers in that province in the next election remain bleak. Yes the NDP was more popular in Saskatchewan under Alexa McDonough than under Layton.
Now the NDP has been crushed in the provincial election in Saskatchewan, losing by almost 15 percentage points to the centre-right Saskatchewan Party.
Should we expect new commentary now on how Jack Layton continues to have zero traction in such an important NDP province, how Layton was no help to his provincial counterparts and how this loss by the Saskatchewan NDP is a further blow to Layton's leadership and prospects there? If one NDP worker in Saskatoon now says Layton isn't popular on the Prairies, will it make the front page of the Globe & Mail? Looking through today's post-election news coverage, it doesn't seem so thus far. Strange that.