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V. Kid Donating Member (616 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Nov-18-05 12:49 AM
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27. I don't think that's the point though...
Edited on Fri Nov-18-05 12:53 AM by V. Kid
...you can only work with people so long as they're willing to work with you. Yes, the NDP wasn't able to push the Liberals further to the left, but they didn't offer them anything to do that with so what could the NDP have done, accepted a lame offer that really didn't do anything to protect the public health care system? It would have been better to have gotten something from the Liberals, but the NDP's position is weaker now that Desjarlais left, and that Chuck Cadman is dead and Martin has dithered in calling a by-election. The BQ/Con combination outnumbers the Libs/NDP anyways, and the Indps in the house will likely side with the BQ/Cons out of spite for their former parties. Jack Layton has less pull on Martin, so yes he has to set himself up to look better in the next campaign.

Besides which, why would the voters be happy with the Liberals next election? Because they had to vote in December or January? They don't pay attention to politics often anyways, so why would they all the sudden be put out when a campaign is held during those months. I think this is a tempest in a tea pot. Will the average person say to the Liberals, yes we still think your corrupt, yes you haven't really done anything on health care etc, yes your long in the tooth, but you did promise to have an election in April so yes will vote for you? I think people think all politicians are relativley corrupt, and won't care. I think far too many people who are a bit more intuinted to politics who are liberals are obsessed with the EVIL Conservatives (and don't get me wrong I wouldn't vote for them if I was paid too), to the point of thinking that if you even say something nice about one of them your accepting their agenda. But to think thats going to be a vote determining issue is wrong imo, people tune out alot of the name calling if it isn't a substntive fear. As far as Joe and Jane Canadian is concerned they're all relativley corrupt some more then others, and Paul Martin ain't no saint. In fact most of the polls show that Canadians by a majority think he and Jean Chretien are equally to blame for the sponsership scandal.
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