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Reflections on Defections….

Thu, 12/18/2014 - 08:59



MP Glenn Thibeault’s defection leaves the NDP feeling ‘hurt’ Sudbury MP’s decision to join provincial Liberals leaves former party searching for answers

By Rosemary Barton, CBC News Posted: Dec 18, 2014 11:00 AM ET Last Updated: Dec 18, 2014 11:00 AM ET

9 Wildrose MLAs, including Danielle Smith, cross to Alberta Tories Progressive Conservative members say they’re willing to look beyond past grievances

CBC News Posted: Dec 17, 2014 11:09 AM MT Last Updated: Dec 18, 2014 9:36 AM MT


I think that ex=NDP Thibeault crossing the floor to the Liberals was typical political expediency, although the fact that he was caucus chair gives one pause….was he some sort of plant, originally? A conclusion that could make sense…while everyone is clutching their bosom at this ‘appalling’ turn of events, let’s not  forget that Mulcair  once switched parties, too….
Still, what happened in Alberta is hardly the same thing..to say that there is no ‘opposition’ left in Alberta is to say that the so-called Wild Rose Party was anything like an opposition, more like Right and Rightier…they are all joining forces because the dirty oil writing is on the wall..the Cons will bomb out in Alberta long-term, because the oil sands are now so unprofitable, and will be for the foreseeable future..It will now cost more to produce their dirty bitumen than it’s worth on the market, with all the new reserves being in competition, world-wide. Already, there are layoffs looming in the energy sector, and certainly more to come… Prentice probably has one more election left in him, and then, once the unemployed start getting restless, things will probably change…but even rightwing Wild Rose  whackjobs recognize that their employment as career politicians might be threatened by appearing even more tea-party than their counterparts…

The one big positive I can see from all this is that a decrease in tar sands  extraction will be an improvement for the environment… and all those newly unemployed workers will be screaming for the jobs  all those foreign workers  are getting now..the best-laid plans, eh, Emperor Steve?

So Long, It’s Been Good to Know You, Libby…..

Sat, 12/13/2014 - 08:04
Libby Davies, NDP deputy leader, won’t run in 2015

CBC News Posted: Dec 12, 2014 1:26 PM ET Last Updated: Dec 12, 2014 7:39 PM ET

Having watched Ms. Davies for all of the forty years of her political career, starting with her election to Vancouver Council, I am saddened, but not surprised, at her early retirement..
She has tirelessly devoted herself to the issues that are more difficult and contoversial  in her riding than in others, and she fought hard for every vote..the fact that she was “muzzled’ on certain issues was a black mark on Layton and Mulcair.  Libby spoke for many of us whose so-called representatives, of every political stripe, remain blinkered by rightwing Jewish lobbying…I will miss her. Who is there to replace her? The fact that the NDP is so adamantly opposed to anyone not speaking from the script is a black mark against them and party policy, and makes a joke of the term ‘democratic’ in their name..
I have always been an NDP voter, but not a party member, since I did not agree with their philosophy on this and many other issues..their swing to the Right since Mulcair was elected has sealed their fate…and their one strong progressive voice will now be silenced..
Hopefully someone else will emerge from the party ranks to replace her, but right now, cannot see who that will be..
It is my belief that Libby knows that with the NDP swing to the Right they have snatched defeat from the jaws of victory, and Trudeau will prevail…like it or not..and  progressives will continued to be ‘handled’ by those  backroom boys , who exist  in the NDP  just as strongly as in the PMO…
Have a wonderful rest of your life,Libby… doubt if you will be ‘retired’ for long…lots of work to do here in BC…Thanks for your strong service.