Thursday, September 29, 2011

Meet the new NDP - sans Quebec?

So ProgBlogger Accidental Deliberations came up with this fun post based on this Globe and Mail article, which states that the new NDP is made up of "left-leaning Liberals and hardcore progressives," according to polling done by Innovative Research.

And you can search that entire article, top to bottom, and not find a single reference to Quebec voters, who as we know, follow the beat of a different ideological drummer than the rest of Canada.

How can anyone not mention the attitudes of Quebec voters in their polling? Even when talking about leadership candidates, the article leaves out Thomas Mulcair, Quebec's favourite son - what is with that?

Anything that does not discuss the importance of Quebec voters is therefore suspect, and useless, in my mind, especially in relation to the NDP who only earned their momentum based on Quebec's voters!

And don't say to me, "well most Quebeckers are progressive and that's why they voted NDP." Yeah, sure - that is part of the reason why Quebeckers decided to shift to the NDP. But it's not the determining reason, nor is it the defining line where Quebeckers base their votes out of more times than not - otherwise we wouldn't see parties like the Adequistes or Francoise Legault's Mystery Party or the Conservatives pop up in such force from time to time.

You all know what I'm talking about. Quebec tends to vote in waves, and it votes in waves because of three key reasons: leadership, change, and nationalism.

Which leader is the most appealing avenue of change, and who will best represent Quebec's nationalists, who make up the plurality, if not the majority, of the population?

Trudeau, Mulroney, Bouchard, Duceppe, Layton - even Chretien and Harper for brief periods, were all representative of this, and that's why they voted as they did in that wave election in Quebec.

So you tell me, Dippers. You may be a coalition of left-leaning Liberals and hardcore progressives, but when haven't you been? You know as well as I do who your coalition is made up of - left-to-centre-left voters in English Canada, and Quebec voters - and guess which group helped put you over the top. You don't need polling to see that.

1 comment:

  1. Taber's interview with Greg Lyle was based on his presentation to the pollsters' post-election confab in Ottawa the week before. He did cover Quebec in that as well, and had quite a bit to say about it. She can only cover one angle in a story, though, so chose what I would also agree was the most topical chunk.

    But I think Lyle's whole presentation was very insightful. I will write about the presentations at that conference if I ever get through my big work project.