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Outremont Victory Result Of Hard Work

September 17, 2007

Well, it looks like the NDP won the by-election in Outremont. This definitely makes me a happy camper.

But victory tonight was not a strange random event, as I am sure that some will try to tell you in the days to come. No, I’d say that it was the result of hard work within the NDP.

Idealistic Pragmatist rightfully points out that the NDP managed to get an effective organizational team on the ground in Outremont.  However, I’d like to point out that there was a lot of work done before then; the NDP has invested a lot in Quebec over the past few years, at a time when such investment was considered a waste of resources.  The 2006 Federal NDP Convention was held in Quebec City, giving us some attention from the local media there.  The Quebec section of the NDP formulated an eight-page document, the Sherbrooke Declaration, in which the NDP’s position regarding Quebec and its place in Canada was solidified. The Sherbrooke Declaration passed at the Federal NDP Convention. Heck, the fact that Jack Layton and the NDP managed to get a star candidate in the form of Mulcair is not a random spring of luck, but a result of the effort that has been put into Quebec.

However, the kicker in all of this is how this translates in a general election. In a general election, the NDP is not going to be able to throw every single caucus member and tons of party workers. But considering that Mulcair will be an incumbent next election, the battle will be much less uphill.

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  1. September 20, 2007 at 6:49 pm

    I for one congratulate Layton and his team on a successful campaign. I was in Montréal over the weekend and until yesterday and had the pleasure of chatting with Layton at a conference the night before the by-election. The victory in Outremont was well-deserved.

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