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Voters warming to NDP

“If I were a Liberal, which I am not, I would be concerned about this group of people who are opposed to Mr. Harper, and going back and forth between ourselves and the Liberals, (and who) are now increasingly saying Tom and the NDP are the people that can and should form the government,” he said.

Broadbent is a loyal party man, of course, and loyal party men can generally be relied upon to say things are looking up for their party.

The Conservatives launched new attack ads aimed at Trudeau on Monday, and you can be sure their polls are better than the ones you read in the paper. That suggests the real threat comes from the Liberals.

Broadbent says Mulcair will connect because of his policies: $15-a-day daycare, a $15 minimum wage and an increase to corporate tax rates.

The polling done by the Broadbent Institute shows Canadians support those ideas.

“Time after time we find on almost every issue, a majority of Canadians are social democrats,” he says. “On tax policy, on Canada pension, a whole range of issues that are reasonably described as social democratic, there is a significant majority of Canadians that are on that side.”

Broadbent says the long-term trend shows voters are warming to the NDP.

“One of the things that is happening now, and we’ll see if (it) persists in the election, is where some of those (voters) were split in their partisan positions, they’re increasingly coming behind the NDP.”

The biggest challenge for the NDP is not convincing Canadians that it has good ideas, or isn’t wacky, but that the party can take power in Ottawa.

“On a national level, they’ve never won,” Broadbent says. “Can they really win? Can they really pull it off on the national level?”


http://www.wiartonecho.com/2015/05/25/broadbent-voters-warming-to-ndp

Sean in Ottawa

NorthReport wrote:

Voters warming to NDP

“If I were a Liberal, which I am not, I would be concerned about this group of people who are opposed to Mr. Harper, and going back and forth between ourselves and the Liberals, (and who) are now increasingly saying Tom and the NDP are the people that can and should form the government,” he said.

Broadbent is a loyal party man, of course, and loyal party men can generally be relied upon to say things are looking up for their party.

The Conservatives launched new attack ads aimed at Trudeau on Monday, and you can be sure their polls are better than the ones you read in the paper. That suggests the real threat comes from the Liberals.

Broadbent says Mulcair will connect because of his policies: $15-a-day daycare, a $15 minimum wage and an increase to corporate tax rates.

The polling done by the Broadbent Institute shows Canadians support those ideas.

“Time after time we find on almost every issue, a majority of Canadians are social democrats,” he says. “On tax policy, on Canada pension, a whole range of issues that are reasonably described as social democratic, there is a significant majority of Canadians that are on that side.”

Broadbent says the long-term trend shows voters are warming to the NDP.

“One of the things that is happening now, and we’ll see if (it) persists in the election, is where some of those (voters) were split in their partisan positions, they’re increasingly coming behind the NDP.”

The biggest challenge for the NDP is not convincing Canadians that it has good ideas, or isn’t wacky, but that the party can take power in Ottawa.

“On a national level, they’ve never won,” Broadbent says. “Can they really win? Can they really pull it off on the national level?”


http://www.wiartonecho.com/2015/05/25/broadbent-voters-warming-to-ndp

Ok so this is the second crap job in analysis from Postmedia "journalists"

Interesting.

They conclude that an attack ad on Trudeau means that the Conservatives see the Liberals as the greater threat.

And if you don't know much about politics and are not much of a journalist you might think this is logical but of course it isn't.

 

Attack ads are to knock votes off one party to bring them to yours.

You target the voters you think you might be able to reach.

So the Conservatives target the Liberals becuase they perceive that there are Liberal - CON switchers and they have a message that they think could convince those people to come to them.

For now they do not target the NDP -- perhaps becuase they do not want to acknowledge that the NDP is a threat. More likely they do not think that the NDP is a likely target for voters they can break off and bring to the conservatives.

For the Conservatives-- they do not ahve to even decide who is their threat at this point. What they have to decide is which party they might be able to get votes from with an attack ad and how to do it.

In a 3-party race the Conservatives can beat the Liebrals by taking from them or they can beat the NDP by taking votes from the Liberals. They may assume that NDP voters are mostly beyond their reach and not worth an ad right now. This has nothign to do with how they rank their threats but how they rank their potential to move voters in an ad.

I get that some unsophisticated people in the population might screw up this analysis. But two journalist form the same paper doing a group stupid? Looks like an agenda. For some reason they want the people to think the Liebrals remain the prime threat.

Question is what is the game? How does it help or hurt Harper or Mulcair?

Perhaps it is a back attempt to stop the bleeding from Trudeau and keep the NDP and Liberals even.

Perhaps it is to minimize the NDP by not acknowledging thier momentum.

Perhaps they believe that the NDP is not a threat and are merely projecting that into the article.

Perhaps they have not considered how a 3-way battle works.

Or perhaps these two experienced journalists are just not that good at their jobs.

Lots of speculation.

NorthReport

Trudeau's Uninspired Platform Makes Mulcair the Obvious Choice

http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/samuel-getachew/thomas-mulcair_b_7438352.html

NorthReport

Wonderful news!

The NDP surge 

HLA-ABC • 4 hours ago

I follow federal politics very closely. I watch the House of
Commons on TV almost daily, I pay attention to what all the parties do and say.
I read the bills this government introduces. I was not attached to any party a
few years ago, but I have learned all I need to know: Harper is the worst Prime
Minister we’ve ever had, and he is quietly destroying all the things that we
spent decades building, the things that made Canada so great.

This election, the most important thing will be to end his
regime. True conservatives should encourage the party to return to its roots
and rebuild. I believe the NDP would be the best choice for the next
government, for the reasons described in this article and, most importantly,
because they will bring in proportional representation, which will prevent
another tyranny from a fake majority government, and because they will reverse
the path to privatization that Harper has put our national healthcare on.

Canada was once about fairness, integrity, community, succeeding together instead of
tearing others down. I want that back. The NDP came second in our riding last
time. I think they can win this time. Canada needs it.

 

http://www.intelligencer.ca/2015/05/26/colin-mackay-the-ndp-surge

NorthReport

You could say the same here in Canada about the way the way mainstreet press cover Mulcair and /or the NDP

The media’s sickening Sanders double standard: How the socialist brings out their true colors

Bernie Sanders' 2016 campaign reveals how skewed our attitudes toward wealth and taxation have become 

Bernie Sanders held his first major presidential campaign event in Vermont yesterday afternoon after kicking off his 2016 bid with a delightfully offbeat Capitol Hill press conference. The tone of the coverage surrounding Sanders’ campaign doesn’t necessarily reflect it, but Vermont’s independent senator is actually pulling in a decent share of the Democratic vote. As of this writing, his support in national polling has climbed up into double digits, and the last few polls out of Iowa and New Hampshire put him at around 14 or 15 percent in those states. Of course, those numbers have to be measured against those of his chief rival, Hillary Clinton, who dominates both nationally and in the early states with more than 50 percent.

So Sanders is a long shot, but he’s not without a sizable bloc of support. In fact, when you crunch the numbers, Sanders is outperforming the combined support of several GOP presidential wannabes. The Bernie 2016 boomlet is clearly a bit puzzling to reporters, who don’t seem to know what to do with Sanders beyond treating him as a foil to Hillary, and so they default to doing nothing, even as every utterance of GOP candidates who are polling below 2 percent merits its own headline. There are clear double standards at play, and one of them pertains to how reporters cover a candidate who is unreservedly liberal versus how they cover “proudly conservative” Republicans. This dynamic is sometimes subtle, and it emerged during an interview Sanders gave with CNBC’s John Harwood.


http://www.salon.com/2015/05/27/the_medias_sickening_sanders_double_stan...

NorthReport

The usual Liberal CBC attempt to smear the NDP job - not one word about what Mulcair said

NDP leader Tom Mulcair speaks to CUPE convention

http://www.cbc.ca/news/politics/ndp-leader-tom-mulcair-speaks-to-cupe-co...

NorthReport

The news just seems to be getting better and better for the NDP these days. 

NDP leader Tom Mulcair visits Waterloo Region to bolster local support

The city was awash in orange Thursday as NDP Leader Tom Mulcair paid a visit to support acclaimed federal candidate, Waterloo city Coun. Diane Freeman at a nomination meeting.

"She's got star candidate written all over her," Mulcair said of the New Democrat's newest candidate in front of hollering supporters at Knox Presbyterian Church.

"She is just the type of person I need to play a key role," he said.

The main room inside the uptown Waterloo church was bursting at the seams with close to 300 people crammed in the overheated space and spilling over into the hallway.

Several supporters fanned themselves with bright orange NDP placards.

Freeman has served on Waterloo City Council for three terms as Ward 3 councillor and announced her desire to step in the political game earlier this month.

Individuals seeking nomination had 15 days prior to Thursday's nomination meeting to submit their names and await approval. Freeman was the only one to come forward.

"For a decade I was a card-carrying Liberal," she said to a full house. "My priorities and the Liberal's priorities just don't match up."

The engineer is also known as an avid cyclist and cycling infrastructure advocate.

She is the founding president of the Butterfly Learning Centre, a non-profit child-care.

Freeman was also once president of the Professional Engineers Association, a post that has only been held by six women, she said.

 


http://www.therecord.com/news-story/5650847-ndp-leader-tom-mulcair-visit...

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Brachina

 This person who wrote that letter is a tool.

montrealer58 montrealer58's picture

Brachina wrote:

 This person who wrote that letter is a tool.

 

If someone in Quebec wrote a letter like that about the similarly bearded Premier Couillard would they get charged with some offence?

Brachina

 What would they be charged with, her opinion is foolish, but freedom of speech allows that. As much as I disagree with her opinion she is entitled to it.

Brachina

 Do a google search on Mulcair's beard, the fact that his beard is such a point of controvery is goofy. His face, his choice.

NorthReport

She's right - the beard needs to go, and the tie as well.  Smile

socialdemocrati...

They used to say the same thing about Jack's moustache. 

Authenticity matters. That's something you can't get by caving into the media groupthink.

Brachina

NorthReport wrote:

She's right - the beard needs to go, and the tie as well.  Smile

 Someone needs to start a save the beard petition, no one tames a Grizzily! :-) 

mark_alfred

NorthReport wrote:

She's right - the beard needs to go, and the tie as well.  Smile

The beard and the tie gives him a distinguished and wise demeanor.  So it should stay.  For comparison, here's a photo of Mulcair without the beard or tie:

Sean in Ottawa

socialdemocraticmiddle wrote:

They used to say the same thing about Jack's moustache. 

Authenticity matters. That's something you can't get by caving into the media groupthink.

Exactly -- if he shaved it now he would look weak. If that was somethign he wanted to do -- he should hsve done it long ago.

Only way he could do it now would be after the election for a fundraiser. Otherwise he would look like he was being weak and superficial.

NorthReport

Canadian flags to fly at half-staff for Parizeau

NDP Leader Tom Mulcair, who went toe to toe with Parizeau many times in Quebec’s National Assembly, described Parizeau as a “statesman.”

“He was a statesman who spent his life working in the best interest of the population,” Mulcair told reporters. “I know very few people who dedicated their lives as much as he did to serve the overall population well.”

Mulcair pointed out that in the first PQ government under former Premier René Lévesque, Parizeau contributed to a number of progressive initiatives including the creation of Quebec’s automobile insurance fund, Quebec’s Caisse de Depot pension fund and Quebec’s anti-scab law which was born out of violent labor conflicts that marked the province’s history.


http://www.ipolitics.ca/2015/06/02/canadian-flags-to-fly-at-half-mast-fo...

 

NorthReport

More infrastructure cash for cities at heart of NDP’s urban strategy

NDP Leader Thomas Mulcair to pledge extra cash in speech to Canada’s mayors

http://www.thestar.com/news/canada/2015/06/04/more-infrastructure-cash-f...

NorthReport

Tom Mulcair promises to restore search and rescue operations

http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/newfoundland-labrador/tom-mulcair-promises...

NorthReport

Le NPD promet 1,5 milliard de plus par année aux villesDevant les maires qui seront réunis en congrès... (PHOTO ADRIAN WYLD, LA PRESSE CANADIENNE)

http://www.lapresse.ca/actualites/politique/politique-canadienne/201506/...

NorthReport

A very sad and dejected Liberal's point of view.

Keep it simple and blunt Tom.

Buy the biggest ORANGE padlock for the Senate doors you can find.  Laughing

Why the NDP benefits most from embarrassing Senate expenses

The Auditor-General is revealing embarrassing spending by some members of the Red Chamber. Teeth are going to be grinding among voters, who have run out of patience for excuses.

As of this moment, only one of the main parties owns a position that will have any political sex appeal, and that’s the NDP.

Long on the record favouring abolition of the Senate, NDP leader Thomas Mulcair will pounce on his opponents, ridiculing them for seeming unwilling or unable to defend the interests of riled-up taxpayers.

Of course, it’s easy to say let’s abolish the Senate – and probably impossible to do. Not to be unkind to the NDP, but in coming up with their position, they may not have spent much time figuring out how they could accomplish it, if elected.

The practicality of the idea, however, will be of scarcely passing interest for fed-up Canadians. Abolition is a blunt instrument, and people will like the sound of blunt.

 


http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/politics/why-the-ndp-benefits-most-f...

NorthReport

They must be choking as they write this, and this was written before the latest EKOS poll out today showing the NDP in first place leading the last place Liberals now by 7% :

Mulcair, in with a chance

Rachel Notley’s sweep has reminded us, as one pollster says, ‘there’s an alternative to the alternative’. Suddenly, the NDP has a shot.

The NDP first approached Diane Freeman late last year to ask the three-term city councillor in Waterloo, Ont., to run for them in the coming federal election. “I said, ‘No, I’m a card-carrying Liberal,’ ” Freeman says. “But I promised that I would think about it, and I did.” By early this year, she was intrigued enough that, when NDP Leader Thomas Mulcair called her, she asked to meet him. Not only did Mulcair agree, he arranged to introduce her to top members of his campaign team when the civil engineer was next in Ottawa. That made an impression. So did Mulcair’s way with his office Nespresso machine. “The first thing he did was offer me a cup of coffee,” Freeman says, “and then he made it himself.”

http://www.macleans.ca/politics/ottawa/mulcair-in-with-a-chance/

 

montrealer58 montrealer58's picture

They can recycle the silly padlocks they have had to remove from the bridges in Paris.

NorthReport

Spy-watchdog chair Pierre Blais’s credentials questioned by Mulcair

The chair of Canada’s spy-watchdog committee is an inappropriate choice for the job, NDP Leader Thomas Mulcair has told Prime Minister Stephen Harper in a letter.

Pierre Blais, who recently retired after being a judge for 16 years and was minister responsible for the Canadian Security Intelligence Service in the 1980s as a Conservative cabinet member, was named head of CSIS’s review body in May.

The Opposition Leader said in his letter (scroll to the bottom of this story to read the full letter)that when he was consulted before Mr. Blais’ appointment, he urged the Prime Minister to pick another candidate.

“We have ideas of nominees to propose for this important position,” the letter said, adding that “we strongly believe SIRC must be independent from the government of the day. Mr. Blais, a former Conservative cabinet minister, doesn’t fulfill this minimal requirement.”

The NDP’s correspondence was sent to the Prime Minister in March, weeks before the announcement, and recently obtained by The Globe and Mail.


http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/national/spy-watchdog-chair-pierre-b...

NorthReport

Mulcair promises to give cities extra cent from gas taxNDP Leader Tom Mulcair

 

Federal Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau also promised more money when he spoke at the convention on Friday.

But Mulcair says successive Liberal and Conservative governments have made empty promises and failed to make a dent in what he called "Canada's infrastructure deficit."

He says the gas tax transfer is one of the best tools to help cities with their long-term needs.

 

http://www.ctvnews.ca/politics/mulcair-promises-to-give-cities-extra-cen...

NorthReport

Mulcair promises city housing costs reform

NDP Leader says that if elected, party will make living in cities like Toronto and Vancouver more affordable

Outlining some of the NDP’s platform for the upcoming election, Mulcair also said if elected the NDP would by 2019 commit a total of $5 billion a year to municipalities’ “core infrastructure” needs and funding for public transit.

“Despite their empty promises, successive Liberal and Conservative governments have failed to make a dent in Canada’s infrastructure deficit,” Mulcair told the Federation of Canadian Municipalities meeting. “When they do finally invest, it’s often inadequate with too many strings attached.”

He said an NDP government would co-operate with municipalities to increase investments in key infrastructure projects, creating tens of thousands of construction and manufacturing jobs.

“And we’ll remove funding barriers so that you can focus on building stronger hometowns instead of filling out forms,” he told FCM members, who responded with a round of clapping. There have been complaints about the complex approval rules to obtain funding under some recent federal government infrastructure programs.

Mulcair also received hearty applause from several hundred convention goers when he said an NDP government would restore door-to-door mail service for all those who have lost it under Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s government.

The NDP will be shortly outlining its election pledges to “ensure that cities and communities have the tools they need” to confront climate change and work toward more environmentally sustainable economies, Mulcair added.

An NDP government would also continue Ottawa’s investment in federal social housing projects, committing $440 million next year, the party said.

 

http://www.thestar.com/news/canada/2015/06/06/mulcair-promises-city-hous...

NorthReport

Finally urban areas are going to get some much needed support.

Mulcair makes big infrastructure promise to Edmonton crowd

http://www.edmontonsun.com/2015/06/06/mulcair-makes-big-infrastructure-p...

mark_alfred

Thanks NR.  That's great news.

NorthReport

Here's more good news from Mulcair!

Mulcair demands PM ask Pope to apologize for church's role in residential schoolsDeaths in residential schools

http://www.ctvnews.ca/politics/mulcair-demands-pm-ask-pope-to-apologize-...

NorthReport

NDP leader Thomas Mulcair wants more affordable rentals in Vancouver

http://metronews.ca/news/vancouver/1389862/ndp-leader-thomas-mulcair-wan...

NorthReport

What happened to Ari24

NorthReport

Federal NDP promises $5 billion in new transit funding to the Lower Mainland over 20 years

http://www.straight.com/news/466151/federal-ndp-promises-5-billion-new-t...

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NorthReport

Things really appear to be going Tom's way, n'est pas?

Often it's better to have low expectations but in Tom & the NDP's case not necessarily so, as Tom needs to raise his profile and what better way of doing so than this, eh!

Mulcair seen as likely winner in leader debates: survey

Thomas Mulcair

http://www.ctvnews.ca/politics/mulcair-seen-as-likely-winner-in-leader-d...

NorthReport

And Tom's correct.

If you want change - just like in Alberta, vote NDP!

 

As election looms, Mulcair casts Liberals, Conservatives as ‘old-time parties’

With an October federal election looming, NDP leader Tom Mulcair is apparently playing the age card. After his party’s Wednesday caucus today, Mulcair repeatedly referred to those other, “older parties,” and, once, “those old-time parties,” in an apparent shift in pre-election rhetorical tactics. It was especially evident in Mulcair’s savaging of the Senate in the

 

http://www.ipolitics.ca/2015/06/10/as-election-looms-mulcair-casts-liber...

Northern PoV

This election is a toss up at this stage - it could go anywhere - but (alas) it is likely to end up as a re-run of 2011 - when Harper squirms and cheats his way to majority. (Cameron won his with just 37%)

Tom's Senate advantage is based on wishful thinking to gain votes. It will wither quickly in the light of day:  "Quebec Premier Philippe Couillard says Senate creates regional balance for his province"  is just the tip of the Iceberg - who wants years of constitutional wrangling?

The Trudeau plan to quick-fix the appointment process ... while we keep our focus on real issues may resonate more with the public - memories of Meech malinger on ...

It is a long time till Oct.19  Lots can and will happen.  I don't support any party today (C51 & Bill Blair changed my mind on Justin).. however   I will vote for the candidate in my riding that is most likely to defeat the CON.  

 

 

NorthReport

Rubbish.

Tom just did an amazin' interview on Power Play with Don Martin which is going to boost the NDP even further North in the polls.

The chances now of the front running NDP, forming a majority government, are increasing with each passing day.  Smile

Nanos on the same show said voters are now kicking the tires of the NDP, liking what they see, and Mulcair himself is now surging in the polls.

NorthReport
mark_alfred

Allegedly some difference of opinion between Mulcair and some union leaders on the usefulness of the Senate:  http://www.durhamregion.com/news-story/5674497-mulcair-unions-at-odds-ov...

I think that if the Senate is gone, then politicians in the House of Commons would be more careful.  Rather than the PMO passing reckless bills for the sole purpose of making a statement, knowing that they can later order their cronies in the Senate to kill such a bill, that instead the PMO and MPs would be more serious.

NorthReport

Union leaders in Ontario need to get their act together
Either they want Harper gone or they don't
If they do they need to tell their members to vote NDP the one party that has any chance of defeating Harper which is being confirmed by all the Canadian pollsters except the flakes

mark_alfred

NorthReport wrote:
Union leaders in Ontario need to get their act together Either they want Harper gone or they don't If they do they need to tell their members to vote NDP the one party that has any chance of defeating Harper which is being confirmed by all the Canadian pollsters except the flakes

Agreed.  Ontario, particularly the GTA, needs to drop the Libs and support the NDP so that Harper can be decisively turfed.  Activists and labour need to get on board with the NDP full tilt and not look back.

montrealer58 montrealer58's picture

The union deal won't be done in Ontario while certain leaders are bought off by the Liberal Party. The NDP will have to offer something better.

NorthReport

Provinces willing to reopen Constitution to reform Senate

http://globalnews.ca/news/2047889/provinces-willing-to-reopen-constituti...

NorthReport

Mulcair has the Seante issue in the bag. It's time to move on to economics which will finalize the NDP victory in the election. 

mark_alfred

mark_alfred

Raffi, famous children's entertainer, tweeted:  "prime minister Mulcair ~ has a nice ring to it"

http://www.ndp.ca/news/overheard-week-prime-minister-mulcair-has-nice-ri...

NorthReport
NorthReport

NDP Leader Tom Mulcair makes his case to be Prime Minister

http://www.cbc.ca/radio/thecurrent/the-current-for-june-17-2015-1.311666...

NorthReport

Mulcair's Ottawa rally being livestreamed right now.

http://www.ndp.ca/live/rally-for-change?utm_medium=email&utm_source=newd...

 

takeitslowly

Tom Mulcair on facebook have been advertising for a few days now, he said "I’m about to take the stage in Ottawa. Watch the NDP Rally for Change live here"

 

and the link doesnt work!

 

I hope he didnt disappoint alot of people, its not acceptable. Does the NDP not have money to hire tech people?

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