April 11, 2016

NDP turfs Mulcair: Party opts to remain a “principled rump”

Brian LilleyArchive

Two things happened at the NDP convention over the weekend in Redmonton that demonstrate NDP voters don’t want to be a party that contends for governing the country and instead want to go back to being a principled rump.

The New Democrats all but adopted the Leap Manifesto meaning their policy now calls for killing large chunks of the Canadian economy. They also voted to turf Tom Mulcair, partly because the same people that wanted to adopt the radical manifesto, believe they lost the last election because they weren’t left wing enough.

Watch as I lay out out some facts you won’t hear anywhere else that disprove this.

They didn’t fail because they weren’t socialist enough or because Mulcair dragged the party to the centre. These fallacies are peddled by people who haven’t taken the time to analyze facts, trends and data.

Think about it: Can you recall a federal election where people spoke seriously about the prospect of the NDP winning? To even hear people say ‘the NDP lost the last election’ is remarkable enough. Why were they even thought of as contenders?

Mulcair came as close to winning as any NDP leader ever has. He did moderate the NDP to a left wing party that could still be fiscally responsible enough to attract swing voters. But, around September 17th, NDP fortunes started falling. Why? What happened? Did voters suddenly realize that Mulcair was not a woolly socialist?

No, this was the point where the niqab issue entered the debate with a September 15 ruling saying Zunera Ishaq could take the oath of citizenship wearing a niqab. Mulcair championed the ruling.

Until this point, Trudeau’s Liberals didn’t lead in a single poll. One week after the ruling, progressive voters across the country who wanted Harper’s Conservatives out, threw their lot in with the Liberals.

Media in English Canada downplayed the niqab issue trying to shame and guilt Canadians who opposed the ruling but in Quebec, opposition was widespread and debate constant. It was his stance on the niqab that lost the party the election.

For bringing the NDP closer than they ever got to winning, for building a base in Quebec where until he came along, they’d never elected an MP, and for building a national election machine capable of contesting for the highest office, his thanks is to be turfed and for the party to adopt the type of policies that used to get them 6% in elections.

I disagree with the NDP on pretty much anything but I think Mulcair got a raw deal. He’s being blamed for losing the election for the wrong reason.

By turfing Mulcair and adopting the Leap Manifesto’s rejection of capitalism, rejection of the oil industry and its push for cradle to grave socialism, the NDP is saying they would rather sit on the far left as the so-called conscience of Parliament.

Welcome to the new NDP, welcome back to obscurity.

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commented 2016-04-12 16:14:28 -0400
“Party opts to remain a “principled rump”
Most appropriate.
commented 2016-04-12 10:47:55 -0400
After this NDP shift to oppressive communism, the only place you will see NDP election signs is carried by violent campus commies, not on front yards – they just lost the legitimate labor vote, threw it away for the campus Marxist 1%. Mulcair will go back to Quebec politics where his surliness is actually a political benefit.

LEAP manifesto = NDP Manifest destiny as an angry violent eternal loser
commented 2016-04-12 01:44:20 -0400
The New Democrats were right to overthrow Mulcair. He should have stepped down after the results on election night, like Harper did.
commented 2016-04-12 00:03:55 -0400
Some of these political moves appear to be so dumb, that I have to start looking for a deeper meaning behind the buffoonery. There just are not that many stupid peoole in the worls. How much of the Left is orchestrated to batter us into the NWO? I see the NDP as a handy foil for Liberal treachery.
commented 2016-04-11 23:11:40 -0400
Marty — sorry if the name seems gay — I do have to repeat:

Lilley says: “It was his (Mulcair’s) stance on the niqab that lost the party the election.”

I suppose, then, that it was Harper’s stance on the niqab that won his party the election.
commented 2016-04-11 22:39:08 -0400
Gay Kelly – I guess you selectively missed the part where Canadians overwhelmingly OPPOSED the niqab issue. Back to your safe space.
commented 2016-04-11 21:10:23 -0400
Brian Lilley says: “It was his (Mulcair’s) stance on the niqab that lost the party the election.”

I suppose, then, that it was Harper’s stance on the niqab that won his party the election.
commented 2016-04-11 19:33:06 -0400
The fed dippers are now rumppers
Tom you were easy to figure out ,you were entertaining
In anticipation for the next Canadian Marxist—- head rumpper.
commented 2016-04-11 19:03:07 -0400
The nutty non-democracy party moves even closer to their nirvana of hard core socialism AKA communism. This all may be a moot point in any event once the Liebranos alter (or cancel) the electoral system to keep themselves in power indefinitely!
commented 2016-04-11 18:01:38 -0400
So Tom has gone ! So Long, Tom. Pity we cannot say the same thing about Trudeau.
commented 2016-04-11 17:59:04 -0400
Mulcair gets his Desmarais kickback, the same that Harper received, but a smaller amount.

Mulcair moves to the center and chases voters over to a radical left librano party headed by a mental retard. libranos win.

When the dust settles, Mulcair walks as part of the deal. Everyone is paid and happy. Libranos are back at the trough.

Harper could have, but appoints no senators and leaves the door wide open for a librano senate majority.

Isn’t Canada a wonderful pile of shit geared toward an eternity of vile librano pigs sucking the life out of this country???
commented 2016-04-11 16:29:06 -0400
Or in other words. ..Quebec has screwed Canadians again. ..
commented 2016-04-11 16:26:18 -0400
Well, I have to admit that I have more respect for the Federal NDP party for sticking to their principles that I do for the Liberals even though it will keep them the rump party.


One of the things that makes me sick about the Liberals is that they will do anything, become anything they need to get a vote. The Liberals in general have no morals, no principles, other than to get into power by any means whatsoever. At least the NDP hold to their principles, no matter how disgusting they are.

I don’t want the NDP to disappear. I want them to remain strong enough to split the left vote.
commented 2016-04-11 16:20:27 -0400
Sorry, I obviously hit the wrong button…..Not that I would ever vote for N.D.P., either Federally or Provincially, but Thomas Mulcair was given a Caesar-type “et tu, Brutus” stab in the back from his own faithless party. There is no one within its inner circle who could ever fill his shoes. Now that the crazies in this party have apparently decided to jump on the “Leap Manifesto”, they will disintegrate even further in Canadian politics. Good riddance!
commented 2016-04-11 16:10:51 -0400
Not that I would ever vote for the N.D.P.
commented 2016-04-11 16:09:53 -0400
With the election reforms proposed by the liberals a radical NDP will have a real presence in parliament even with 15% of the vote. Now, add seats (plural) for the Greens and an opposition party you may just get a very interesting situation in Canada. It is quite possible that we will no longer have majority parties but only coalitions.
commented 2016-04-11 15:51:53 -0400
You have to give him credit. I really thought the NDP would be our Federal government until that Niqab issue. I still don’t think voting Liberal was smart, but knew the CPC wasn’t going to win.
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