Jack Layton seems to be Canada's newest political rock star, at least that's the impression I get watching the likes of CTV news and reading our mostly Conservative press.
Am I the only person who finds this strange?
Business and organized labour do not exactly have the cosiest of relationships, which is understandable. Corporations want to keep costs down and maximize profits, while unions seek to maximize the wages earned by their members, which negatively impacts a business's bottom line. Employee earnings and benefits after all are typically the single largest expense a company has.
You'd think Jack and the NDP would be public enemy number one for mainstream media outlets that rely on corporate advertising, to say nothing of their own battles with organized labour.
But such is not the case of late, Jack can do no wrong.
But maybe there's a method to their madness. If Stephen Harper's Conservatives poll just 35% of the popular vote, then a strong NDP showing could help Tory candidates in tight 3 way races, and possibly hand Harper his coveted majority. If the Liberals garner 30% in close ridings, the NDP 22 and the Greens 3 or 4 points...then the road to unfettered rule for Harper becomes that much easier. Even 34 or 35% for a Conservative candidate would leave a comfortable margin of victory.
On a personal level I would like to see a strong contingent of NDP members in Canada's next parliament. But not if it comes along with 155 Conservative seats.
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