Friday, February 29, 2008

Jack Layton becoming Irrelevant?

Is Jack Layton is becoming increasingly irrelevant? With the Green Party taking on more popularity, especially in the 18-24 age group--the area from where the NDP draw most of their votes--I wonder about the future of the party. I subscribe to all of the party's mailing lists. I like to hear what everyone is saying and get a full circle perspective. Jack Layton's Mantra is "corporate tax giveaways." It seems that York University Political Science department fails to require anyone to take an economics class. NDPers cry foul when there are layoffs and moan about jobs leaving our Canada, but don't see the connection with inflated union-wages and how it is unable to stimulating business growth, to create Canadian jobs, with tax incentives to keep a business in a province or our country. It appears, my own MP Dalton McGuinty doesn't understand this either.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Too funny - Layton goes on about corporate tax breaks. His beloved socialist countries like Sweden give corporate tax breaks.

No corporations, no jobs, nadda.

What an ass he is. Seems Mulcair is the spokesman these days - Jack better watch his back.

Fri Feb 29, 06:43:00 PM EST  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Jack who? (real conservative)

Fri Feb 29, 08:36:00 PM EST  
Anonymous Jon said...


Fri Feb 29, 09:15:00 PM EST  
Blogger Spitfire said...

Anonymous (1),

Yeah, it seems Socialism 101 forgot to teach about other countries. Perhaps their textbook was a CUPE manual?


Love the comment! But in university setting, his (and his good friend Marx) approaches to public policy problems are still discussed as legitimate.

The overwhelming idea I'm "taught" is that inequity is not acceptable. But I've come to learn in my maturity in my early 20s that inequality is a fact of life and we cannot succeed as a society without it.

Sat Mar 01, 09:05:00 AM EST  
Blogger Peter said...

Foreshadowing; what happened to the Cooperative Commonwealth Federation?

Sat Mar 01, 11:09:00 PM EST  
Blogger Jarrett said...

I disagree. The Greens are definitely eating into NDP support, but the weak LPC is definitely helping, as is the fact that Jack! Layton is, at worst, the second-best leader in NDP/CCF history.

Lesser leaders - a McLachlin, a Lewis, a McDonough - would probably meet the rise of the Greens in much the same way the right side of a VW Microbus meets the front end of an 18-wheeler. But I don't see that happening. Jack! may be irrelevant strictly from the perspective of political alignment, but he's managed to take a lot of Liberal ground while retaining unLiberal-like dignity.

Most of the time, anyway. There was that condemning-Dion-for-supporting-the-Tory-budget-while-he-mused-about-supporting-the-Tory-budget thing, but those are exceptions.

Sun Mar 02, 05:54:00 PM EST  
Blogger HammertimeGP said...

Sun Mar 23, 10:01:00 PM EDT  

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