I’ll go back to ragging on the Conservatives tomorrow, but tonight I’d like to turn my attention to the New Democratic Party of Jack Layton. Off topic, but how long can they be the New Democratic Party? It’s like the Cons calling themselves Canada’s New Government. What’s the shelf-life on newness?
But I’ve digressed. An interesting e-mail wound-up in my inbox recently. It supposedly detailed all the NDP’s accomplishments in this fall session of Parliament. This is a sensitive area for Jack’s Dippers. While I think reports of their death have been greatly exaggerated, they are under pressure from May’s Greens and Dion’s Liberals and; after asking people to lend him their votes last election; Jack needs to show results.
Read the fine print of the NDP’s propaganda though and you see the NDP’s list of accomplishments is short on actual, well, accomplishments. Unless you count raising issues and introducing motions or bills that failed and/or went no where. For example, announcing “a 3-step plan to reduce student debt in Canada by 25%” or calling “for a national transit and a green urban strategy” is great, but is it really an accomplishment when no plan or strategy is implemented? I know what those students would say.
But, I guess it depends on your definition of the word accomplishments. If we’re going to use the NDP definition, which seems to be mainly raising an issue and talking about it, supporting something somebody else is doing or opposing something somebody else is doing, I thought it might be fun to see what I’ve accomplished this session, and how my effectiveness compared to the NDP’s.
I counted 43 so-called accomplishments on the NDP’s list. That’s quite a few. A tough act to follow. So, what did I “accomplish” this session? I’ll leave out LPC specific stuff, which included the leadership race and party reform. Here’s a list:
*Highlighted the Conservative abandonment of Canada’s robotics industry and neglect of the Canadian Space Agency, and called for action.
*Raised the issue of the squandering of $9 million of taxpayer dollars by the Conservatives to move the National Portrait Gallery to Stephen Harper’s home riding.
*Opposed the House of Commons motion recognizing the Quebecois as a nation.
*Opposed recognition of the so-called fiscal imbalance.
*Helped expose Conservative back room shenanigans.
*Like the NDP, I helped secure a state funeral for Canada’s last surviving WWI veteran.
*Again like the NDP, I pushed for greater decorum in the House of Commons and in wider political discourse.
*Struck a blow against asholes everywhere, and one in Victoria specifically.
*Fought for tax relief for average working Canadians.
*Exposed Conservative travel practices and misuse.
*Helped bring to light truth distortions by the environment minister.
*Helped force the government to stand against an US man convicted of child abuse being sentenced to live in Canada.
*Spoke against the Conservative’s rumoured Defence of Marriage legislation.
*Supported the Progressive Bloggers “5 things feminism has done for me” project.
*Called attention to the Conservatives breaking their promise to British Columbians on leaky condos.
*Told the story of a small Comox Valley flooring manufacturer that has been left in the cold by Harper’s softwood sellout.
*Like the NDP, I fought against Conservative cuts to the Status of Women.
So, I count roughly 17 accomplishments (NDP definition) by myself this fall. While that is less than the 43 the NDP managed, I would submit that, given the fact I have a caucus of one, no research budget and a full time job, that’s not too shabby.
In fact, the NDP’s 29-member caucus managed 43 accomplishments, a 1.48 accomplishments effectiveness rate. With a caucus of one, I managed a 17 accomplishments for a 17 accomplishments effectiveness rate, and all for 0 taxpayer dollars. Not too shabby indeed.
With the Liberal leadership race no longer distracting me I fully intend to challenge the NDP on the accomplishments front in the next session of Parliament, and give Layton a run for his money. Watch out Jack!
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