Saturday, 14 January 2012

A Tale of two NDPs

Logos of the Saskatchewan NDP (evidently, Top)
and Manitoba NDP (bottom).

Image Source: Wikipedia (articles on
Saskatchewan NDP and Manitoba NDP)
The Manitoba NDP certainly has its flaws, but it also has an astounding organizational virtue: there's personnel renewal.

Before the 2011 October 4 election, a certain Tory blogger was making quite a bit of hay out of the fact that veteran NDP MLAs weren't running for re-election. In there place, new people like Kevin Chief, James Allum and Ron Kostyshy fulfilled the job of being NDP candidates. 

Babble forum commenter Stockholm - on July 12, 2011 -  nailed the implications of this

I think its a good thing to have a lot of NDP old-timers with supersafe seats like Elmwood, Point Douglas etc...stepping down and making room for younger new faces. it sure beats the situation in Saskatchewan where the NDP has all this deadwood in their caucus sitting in safe seats in the cities that refuse to ever get out of the way.
West of the Manitoba-Saskatchewan border, on the other hand....

An election has decimated the NDP in the province where the party was born and political watchers say it could take years to rebuild.

Saskatchewan New Democrats captured 32 per cent of the popular vote and were left with just nine of the 58 seats in the legislature after Monday's vote.

It's the lowest popular vote the party has ever received under the NDP banner.

Ken Rasmussen, a political science professor at the University of Regina, says it's the end of what he calls ``the old boys club'' _ a group that felt entitled to run the party.

("Political Watchers say it could take years to rebuild NDP in Saskatchewan". Vancouver Sun. Nov. 8, 2011)
 Meanwhile, with new faces running and a new party leader, the Manitoba NDP managed to form a majority government in this province. Logistically, the party has it right - even if it's been pretty mediocre in terms of innovative public policy.

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