All Jack wants for Christmas is for people to remember the NDP

After seeing much of the popularity gained by the NDP in the spring vanish over the summer, Jack Layton moved today to recapture the attention of the Prime Minister and the Canadian public by announcing a list of demands for continued support of the Liberal minority on any upcoming confidence issues.

The list itself, much like the NDP budget provisions, is lacking enough in detail to drive O’Smiley crazy. However, it should prove effective in drawing media attention to the NDP, and forcing our attention on the everyday occurrences of parliament to see if Jack is smiling or frowning. The list itself is clearly designed to kick start a pre-election campaign, rather than send us to the polls or achieve significant political change.

Don’t look for the NDP to kick the leg out of the Liberal Government in time for a Christmas election, but get ready for an all out campaigning race to election day as scheduled.



  1. Manatee said,

    Sunday, 16 October 2005 at 5:20 pm

    I suspect the Liberals will make minor motions towards supporting some aspects of Ed Broadbent’s ethics package, likely the lobbying and cronyism topics, or maybe even doing something with the forty-third report of the standing committee on Procedure and House Affairs (like settign up the requested special committee or public consultation).

  2. O'Smiley said,

    Sunday, 16 October 2005 at 7:32 pm

    Thanks for posting Manatee. It’s nice to see you back in the game.

    As for the NDP demands, I don’t mind the lack of detail here as they are more broad issues they would like addressed. With regards to the demands I am rather ya or nay from point to point. The points “Take action on climate change”, and “Address ethical issues”, I agree with (yes I agree with the climate change one.), the others I don’t agree with at all. Particularly the softwood point as I firmly believe that the PM has handled this very well and the US not addressing this issue is not because the PM hasn’t tried.

    As for Mr. Broadbent’s ethics package I don’t agree with the second point (Election dates should be fixed and held every four years.), the rest I strongly agree with and hope to see them brought before Parliament.

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