NDP's Quebec strategy getting noticed in the media

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NDP's Quebec strategy getting noticed in the media

Here's the latest example, from the Globe and Mail's Québec bureau:


Issues Pages: 

By the way, Boom Boom, it looks like the NDP candidate in your area is in for some special attention from the central campaign. Mulcair seems very enthused about him.

David Young

I don't think it's a coincidence that once the NDP's team of candidates began to take shape, then the NDP's numbers in Quebec started to increase.

This is looking like the best slate of Quebec candidates they've had since 1988.  But this time, they already have the break-through in Outremont which gives the NDP a level of credibility even Ed Broadbent couldn't achieve.

So far, they have 30 candidates nominated, 10 of whom were candidates at least once before (some 2 or 3 times).  And of the newcomers, such high-profile candidates as Nicole Turmel, Tyrone Benskin, Jonathan Genest-Jourdain, and Jeff Itcush give the NDP a much higher profile.

I can't wait to see who else puts their names forward!



You'll have to wait until tomorrow night, I guess, because they've got 3 more announcements lined up, I hear.


With the Conservatives and Liberals competing with each other over who can bribe Quebec City with the most money, can the NDP gain some ground by juxtapsing themselves against this?


Article in La Presse about the NDP campaign in the outaouais region. The first step is bus shelter ads with Francois Boivin, Nycole Turmel, and Jack Layton featured, which are up now.




It's not from La Presse - it's from Le Droit, which is an Outaouais regional paper.



It takes awhile to get used to the fact that the Cyberpresse.ca website looks the same, regardless of which paper you're reading, I found at first.

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ottawaobserver wrote:

By the way, Boom Boom, it looks like the NDP candidate in your area is in for some special attention from the central campaign. Mulcair seems very enthused about him.

Who is he? I've sent several emails to the NDP and not one reply. Still get their mail asking for donations, though.


It's in the opening article. The Innu lawyer from Sept-Iles, Jonathan Genest-Jourdain. He was the band legal counsel for the Uashat Mani-Utenam, and the Chief attended the news conference announcing his candidacy, alongside Mulcair. Then he ran for city council in Sept-Iles.


The NDP is taking another route, lashing out at planned corporate tax cuts, but also trying to present a new face on sustainable development in the province.

NDP MP Thomas Mulcair said his party has been working with opponents of the ongoing exploration for shale gas in Quebec, and that its new candidate in Manicouagan, Jonathan Genest-Jourdain, was a key player in the fight against uranium development in the province's north.

Mr. Mulcair added that unlike the Bloc, the NDP not only expresses its opposition to the oil industry in the West, but can do something about it with MPs all over the country.

"The Bloc can only talk about the tar sands in Quebec," Mr. Mulcair said, comparing that party to a hockey team made up entirely of defencemen. "That's the difference with the NDP, which is a social-democratic, pan-Canadian party, with a strong track record that is attracting more and more people in Quebec."

Have you heard of this guy?

ETA: Here's the link to his candidate's announcement.

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No, but I don't get around much, so I'm not the one to ask. The last NDP guy (Pierre Ducasse) had great credentials too, but he didn't make a dent in the BQ, Con, or Liberal votes here as far as I can tell. I think I'm the only person on the Lower North Shore that cast a vote for him (two elections ago, I think).


Manicouagan is one riding that was a bit countercyclical for the NDP.