|Tom Mulcair and Jack Layton - Protecting Canadian Unions|
The longer the NDP filibuster continues on, the more I feel that they've fallen into a highly clever trap set by the governing Conservatives. By filibustering the back-to-work legislation, the NDP have undercut their own argument about wanting postal workers to actually work. Whether or not the postal workers get shafted because of it is almost a moot point - most Canadians, I don't feel, sympathize very much. But the NDP are suggesting that, a) postal workers want and need to go back to work for Canadians, but b) we won't let legislation that does that to pass through.
It's a contradictory stance, regardless of the specifics, which may or may not justify their actions. But again, it doesn't matter; it doesn't matter whether its a strike or a lockout, the NDP are stopping the snail mail. That at once will hurt them, hurt the postal workers (I mean, who really needs them with the internet taking over so much?), and could very well give the Conservatives a boost in support. After all, the Conservatives are the ones who want to give Canadians their postal service back - or so the spin goes.
It's a trap, and the NDP have fallen for it flat-footed.
(PS: watching this filibuster, where did that whole civility thing go on the part of the Dippers? Ha!)