Can the NDP stay relevent this campaign?

With so much attention being paid to the Liberal’s postponement of fate, and the Conservative/Bloc maneuvers this week, the NDP are once again in risk of entering an election campaign playing the role of ‘fringe party’ in the eyes of the national media. The NDP had experienced a media renaissance since they recently adopted the legitimizing roll as potential crutch to the Liberal minority.

However, media coverage of this weeks events suggests that the NDP had best increase their visibility or the usual “two horse race” frame will overtake the media even before an official campaign begins. This would be unfortunate for party supporters because the NDP seemed positioned to make actual gains at the expense of both the Liberal and Conservative seats in the upcoming election. According to John Geddes of Macleans, the NDP are in the unusual position of being most Canadians’ second choice. Layton suggests that outrage at the Liberals will prevent NDP supporters from voting Liberal out of fear. If this is indeed true, the main focus of the NDP from this moment through election day should be keeping in the public eye, a task more easily said than done when TV cameras notice the giants of Canadian politics fighting in the mud.



  1. Anonymous said,

    Monday, 16 May 2005 at 7:34 pm

    Brass Bonanza would make a great theme song for your blog…

  2. Anonymous said,

    Monday, 16 May 2005 at 7:46 pm

    or maybe some john tesh…

  3. Manatee said,

    Tuesday, 17 May 2005 at 2:52 pm

    Brass Bonanza would make a great theme song for just about anything, even a defunct NHL franchise.

    No comment on John Tesh.

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