This made me chuckle this morning:
The New Democrats counter that they simply were not trying very hard to win any of the four seats.
New Democratic politicians have spent much of their time in the most recent parliamentary session levelling fire at Stéphane Dion and his Liberals.
Henry Jacek, a political science professor at Hamilton's McMaster University, said that makes sense because the NDP can expect to siphon off Liberal voters but would have a much more difficult time with Conservatives.
The New Democrats "essentially put no effort into most ridings and they just target certain kinds of ridings," said Dr. Jacek. "So there was no effort put into the two
ridings or Quadra, which are affluent urban ridings that they don't have a chance in." Toronto
That gave many NDP voters the licence to vote Green and they took it, he said. "But that won't happen in NDP-type ridings and generally probably won't even happen in a general election."
So that explains why the NDP nearly got beat by the Greens in Toronto-Centre and Quadra, and did get beat by the Greens in Willowdale. They just weren’t trying to win. Imagine if they’d only tried…
Sorry professor, I’m not buying it, and I don’t think all the NDP activists that worked hard in these ridings are either. No effort? That couldn’t be further from the truth.
Do all parties have ridings they target, and focus more resources on? You betcha, and the NDP is no exception. But Toronto-Centre would be high on any NDP list of focus ridings. And the drop in support for the NDP in Willowdale and Quadra can’t be explained away as easily as lack of effort, which isn’t a particularly compelling excuse in the first place.
Anyway, I’ve got my hands too full with Liberal troubles to spend much time diagnosing the NDP’s, so I won’t belabour the point. I’ll just say that while the smart people in their party should be rethinking their strategy, if they’d rather keep their heads buried in the sand that’s just fine with me. As I said, we have our own issues to deal with.
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