Sunday, February 12, 2006

One down, Svend to go

Babble on.

The reshaping of the Canadian political landscape continues apace: bye, bye Buzz.

The move by the Ontario wing also cuts Hargrove's ties to the federal NDP.

Hargrove, who has been in the NDP for 41 years and head of the CAW for more than 13 years, said he had no warning he was going to be kicked out of the party.

No warning? You hug Paul Martin on the campaign trail, and you have the nerve to say this comes out of left field? (Heh. Left field. Get it? Left...never mind.)

Unions and the NDP are natural allies on an ideological level, but the facts on the ground have changed over the years. Union jobs are increasingly upper-middle-income - especially if benefits are taken into account. Union leaders are paid to put the interests of their members first, and if those interests don't line up with the environmentalists, or the peace-activists, or the minimum-wage-poor, then how much influence should union leaders have within the NDP? Buzz's constituency is much, much narrower than Jack!'s, and the gap will only grow wider as the NDP continues to make gains with the electorate.

Besides, I think Buzz is more about control than anything else. With party financing rules having eliminated big union money from the equation, Buzz just doesn't have the clout he used to. And he doesn't strike me as the sort of fellow who takes a loss of power all that well.

The relationship between Buzz and the NDP is, strictly speaking, none of my business. But as someone who would prefer to see a more honest ideological debate in this country, with a strong CPC on the right and a strong...well, not that strong NDP on the left, I can't help but smile. Anything is better than the what-do-we-believe-this-week-Liberals. By dumping Hargrove, the NDP takes a step closer to that ideal.

And it couldn't have happened to a more deserving guy.

Babble off.


At 12:59 p.m., Blogger GenX at 40 said...

One day I will get a photo of you (likely due to you suffering from too many foisted ales) in an orange t-shirt reading only "Jack!" That will be a good day.

At 1:22 p.m., Blogger Mark Dowling said...

Was Buzz the last to know his membership was going to be on the chopping block?

Have written a piece on the divergence between the treatment of one Liberal endorser and another.

At 4:40 p.m., Blogger Craig said...

"Unions and the NDP are natural allies "
This seems like an odd statement to make since, historically, every NDP party provincially has done nothing but ransack their respective unions.

At 4:52 p.m., Blogger Paul said...

It isn't a reason to change any principles, but Svend could still become an MP if Emerson were to face a byelection.

At 9:52 p.m., Blogger bijoux55 said...

I closed down my business for a day and spent the election getting the vote out for Svend Robinson. I am a small business owner, straight christian who is tired of watching the conservatives and liberals whoring about with each other. Different faces, same suits. Svend Robinson is well known as one of the most productive advocates on behalf of his constituents. Can't say that about Belinda Stronach or her doppleganger David Emerson.

At 10:13 p.m., Blogger Babbling Brooks said...

Bijoux55, with all due respect, while I'm not a fan of either Mr. Voters-what-voters? or the Bobblehead, if we're talking degrees of embarrassment as an MP, Svend is right up there.

He steals a ring, gets caught, knows he's gotten caught, has a very public 'breakdown', gets given a conditional sentence that amounts to NOTHING because of his 'breakdown', then conveniently gets well just in time to run for office again? It strains all the boundaries of credibility.

I won't even get into all the crap he pulled before he had his 'breakdown'...

Robinson is an albatross around the neck of the NDP, in my opinion, hence the reference.


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