In a post, Liberal Catnip has identified the most recent outrage that Jack Layton might be contemplating for the NDP – supporting the Conservatives against a possible spring or winter election. Jack has apparently partaken of the Kool-Aid and actually believes that the New Democrats must stave off short-term blips in the polls and electoral defeats at the cost of their souls. Propping up a decrepit Tory government that will sell out Leftist concerns as soon as it is convenient is simply beyond idiotic.
The only thing drawing the two parties together is political expediency – both are dropping in the polls and a quick election would likely be ugly for both. For the Conservatives this would be catastrophic, they are just getting a taste for power and want stability and a majority government to start remaking Canada in the Harper vision (blurp). Sorry, I just threw up a little in my mouth. For the NDP, it is less of a concern, they have never had national power and are not going to get it anytime soon. Sure they would lose a few seats, but the role of the NDP would not change – it is the voice of the Left in our Parliament and snuggling up to Harper destroys any real credibility the party has with the Left. I’m not saying that they should tear the government down at all costs, but for heaven’s sake, let it sink or swim based on it’s policies, not because you’re afraid of an election call; for the NDP, that’s a fool’s game.
The only thing that Jack stands to gain is to drive committed social democrats like me toward the Greens or the Liberals. There is no short-term gain for the NDP, only long-term pain.
The NDP, more than any party in this country, needs a change at the top.