An unfair political forecast

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The claim by many national columnists that the NDP has no hope in the next
federal election is surely a fatal and
premature political forecast. The next federal election is at least 7 months away; this fatal prognostication is surely
short-sighted, sounding more like wishful thinking and a biased attitude than
clear-headed analysis.

The claim by many national columnists that the NDP has no hope in the next
federal election is surely a fatal and
premature political forecast. The next federal election is at least 7 months away; this fatal prognostication is surely
short-sighted, sounding more like wishful thinking and a biased attitude than
clear-headed analysis.
Ten months prior to the last federal election, was anyone predicting the NDP would win over 100 federal seats? So
how much are these premature prognostications worth?
Harper’s hasty unveiling of the “Family” first tax policies with round the clock political ads when these policies are not even passed in parliament is a clear indication that he feels he needs to score political points with the Canadian
electorate.
The daycare policy unveiled this past month by the NDP is a good vote catcher. Daycare spaces are inadequate and expensive elsewhere in the country. Parents need to have their children taken care of in secure and affordable conditions while they work. We can almost expect the Tories to argue their family first tax cuts don’t require additional daycare spaces because the policy would safely keep a parent at home. Hardly! A $100 per month allowance does not go far with daycare expenses.
There are many reasons why people are fed up with the government. Too much scandal and boorish behaviour has turned people off. The majority of Canadians realize democratic choices are not won by hysterical, finger-pointing “they are the enemy” grandstanding.
The NDP must somehow fight the
allegiance voters have traditionally had for one of the two dominant governing parties, and gain the trust of voters who would be voting for them, for the first time. Not an easy task, given the Tory manufactured handicap of reduced resources to wage a successful media campaign; Harper Tories have cut the per vote subsidy to political parties.
People will come out with all kinds of reasons why the NDP can’t win. From “that’s not the way Canadians vote” to “the NDP should form a coalition with the Liberals” to “we need to get rid of the Tories, so I think I will vote Green”! The opinion makers should review their notes and take a fresh perspective; give the NDP credit where credit is due.
Carl Hager
MUNICIPALITY OF PONTIAC