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Way To Go Jack

Rarely do I have anything good to say about Jack Layton and his NDP party but today is one of those days. During the past federal election I was baffled when the NDP did not respond more forcefully to Liberal requests that NDP supporters should abandon their party in order to prevent a Conservative victory.

Well it seems today that the NDP have grown themselves a backbone:
The NDP has expelled Buzz Hargrove, the country's most prominent labour leader, for actively promoting strategic voting and Liberal candidates in last month's federal election.

The Ontario NDP provincial executive voted yesterday to pull the membership of Hargrove, president of the Canadian Auto Workers, for violating the party's constitution regarding provisions against endorsing other candidates. It also automatically revokes his membership in the federal party.
The NDP certainly made the right, as well as the principled, decision on this one. Though Hargrove is a huge financial and stategic contributor to the NDP they gave him the boot since he promoted the idea that the NDP should never be a governing party.

Don't get me wrong, I'ld be horrified to see the NDP heading up our government but we must give them credit where credit is due.

Way to go Jack!

crossposted to The Shotgun


Anonymous said...

I wouldn't give "Smilin' Jack" too much credit. He is opposed to expelling Buzz. He has no chose once the Ont NDP decided to.

gculhane said...

On old trade union man, a veteran of the wily bosses' tricks, was asked how meeting security could be ensured. He said it cannot and it was best to figure that 2 or 3 members were sure to tell the boss what was said, and that within minutes of the meeting. But there was a good thing about this since guys like that were almost certainly wrong on principled matters. So when you are unsure, flind out what the fink thinks and vote the opposite. You have a good chance to be right.
I would apply this to you saying the NDP was right to expel Hargrove.