Tuesday, April 01, 2008

Strategery

The NDP attack on the Liberals continues:
The NDP will introduce a non-confidence motion Wednesday in an effort to bring down the minority Conservative government - or at least embarrass the Liberals.
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Mulcair took dead aim at the Liberals as he unveiled the motion, arguing that the Conservatives and NDP both have clear, opposing views on the best fiscal policy for Canada.

"On the Liberal side, I challenge anyone to tell me what they stand for," Mulcair told a news conference.

"In fact, I can tell you that they stand for nothing."
I would hazard a guess that the public is sick to death with this self-indulgent posturing and brinksmanship, but let's consider it for a moment.

I think the Liberals stand for creating prosperity and balanced budgets, much as they did during the entire course of their recent long tenure which Canadians well remember. And yes, that does include evil but reasonable corporate tax cuts worked into the mix. Small business owners are "ordinary Canadians" too, don't ya know. They work hard and play by the rules and deserve their tax cuts too. The Liberal approach to budgeting is starkly different from the current crop of Conservative ideologues whose policies have led us to the brink of deficit for the first time in over a decade. In fact, it's likely one of the strongest areas of contrast that the election will see. If the NDP want to make the Liberal record on the economy an issue, by all means, go right ahead.

The larger point here though is one of political positioning that the NDP continue to pursue but which has failed to produce noticeable gains for them in the polls or in recent by-elections. The Green Party is elbowing them out. They need to grow. Yet they're not likely to build up much goodwill with Liberal voters in order to convince them to vote NDP with this approach. That's why it's such a strange tactic, this continued onslaught. In ridings such as my own, where Peggy Nash will be facing Gerard Kennedy, I can't imagine such MP's would favour the hardening of sentiment that the likes of Mulcair are fostering. Shouldn't such MP's want to attract Liberal voters rather than ridicule them?