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I’m Supposed To Believe The NDP Is That Stupid?

December 16, 2007

So, the new spin out there is that the NDP dropped a candidate because she is transgendered.

Huh-Uh.  So, if I’m to follow this line of thinking, the NDP thought that it would be fun to anger the party grassroots, anger the pride community, be labeled as bigotted, get bad press, and give opposition parties ammunition to attack the party just because?

Give your head a shake.  No party does that.

The NDP is not dropping Micheline Montreuil as a candidate because she is transgendered.  The NDP is not dropping Francis Chartrand as a candidate because he is a white male.

The NDP is dropping them both right now because they have somehow proven that the bad press from doing will be less damaging to the party in the long run then what the candidate could do to generate bad press during an election.

All political parties have to perform such actions.  Sadly, it was the NDP’s turn to do so.

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  1. December 16, 2007 at 5:39 pm

    Dead on ! I am still shaking my head at the number of so called progressive NDP supporters who have decided to attack the federal party for this based on some Liberal bloggers outrage! Unbelievable!

    Good post!!!

  2. December 16, 2007 at 5:42 pm

    Thanks for saying it…. The Liberals have been eagerly omitting the part in that Globe and Mail article about how Ms. Montreuil has made similar allegations against the Canadian Forces and the National Bank in the past, taking them to the Canadian Human Rights Tribunal. She has a track-record of making these allegations. Having met some of the people at the NDP national offices that make these decisions, I know that they don’t make these kinds of decisions lightly. But hey, facts have never been a barrier when the Liberals have tried to attack others.

  3. December 16, 2007 at 5:49 pm

    I agree. The point of my post is that the NDP brass needs to communicate the reasons to the other riding executives to ensure that reason prevails over media hysteria.

  4. December 16, 2007 at 6:02 pm

    Sean …. I guess I do agree that there is merit in a communication from the Federal EPC to the other ridings on this matter.

  5. Ron
    December 16, 2007 at 6:32 pm

    I am a bit further to the right than the average NDP’r but I don’t buy that this girl/guy was dumped simply because of the transgender issue. But, for those in the NDP, I hope you get an awakening on how innocent people are constantly accused of doing something contrary to political correctness; how innocent people are dragged before a totally partisan kangaroo court (i.e. Human Rights Commission) and forced to defend themselves or suffer the consequences. The NDP is the prime mover behind these forms of intimidation and threats and now that they are a victim of it, I hope they will be less supporting of the whole process.

  6. No Yards
    December 16, 2007 at 6:50 pm

    So the party that refused to take executive action against Bev the bigot for defying the main plank of the NDP party, equality and human rights, by voting against the party in a whipped vote, have suddenly decided that being “bit of a lone player” is now a legitimate reason to forsake what was once an honoured NDP policy of letting the riding association make the decision in a nomination vote?

    Sorry, this is just one more example of the NDP moving further and further to the right … meet the new Liberals, same as the old Liberals.

    This must be part of the new plan to “reach out to people of faith”.

  7. Dan
    December 16, 2007 at 7:39 pm

    Cam, leftdog, this isn’t about the Liberals. A couple Libloggers have mentioned this but besides that this just plays into the growing narrative that the NDP is moving to the right. Not Liberal bloggers fault this became a story. NDP leadership are the ones openly espousing admiration and announcing future emulation of the Third Way politics of Kevin Rudd, Tony Blair and the Clintons despite rejecting politics of “the mushy middle” previously.

  8. December 16, 2007 at 10:12 pm

    I don’t see why they can’t list the specific things she said that were unacceptable. Also, if we can ditch Montreuil, why can’t we ditch anti-feminist asshats like Jeffrey Hansen-Carlson? His published rants certainly do not support the party’s official position either and he’s proven himself a loose cannon in other ways, too. It just seems like maybe we’re being a bit selective in dumping candidates, if that’s something the NDP is doing now.

  9. December 17, 2007 at 6:53 am

    Good post, NBCD.

    That’s just it. It’s absurd to argue that this is anything other than the NDP getting its house in order.

    Liberals and the small n’ predictable cabal of knee jerk NDP-sceptics would love to be able to turn this into something else, but given the party and Layton’s long championing of LGBT issues, it’s just not credible.

    As the Outremont win showed, Quebecers fed up with the Liberals and exhausted by the Bloc are looking to the NDP. The party needs to be able to show it’s ready.

    Should the party publicly explain why they dumped these two? Probably not. It’s the same as an HR decision at your workplace. It helps neither party to air the reasons why the guy in accounting got let go around the same time he and his assisant took a week long trip to the Caymans.

  10. No Yards
    December 17, 2007 at 10:12 am

    Show it’s ready how? By tossing “bit of a lone player” type people who might not be your mainstream “pure lain” candidate, but who was elected in an official riding association election? This reminds me more of how the Reform party became the UA, CRAPP, then CPC party. They pulled the same kind of “by executive fiat” half baked purges of those who couldn’t bend their principles in order to get elected as well.

    As for whether this “corporation” you call the NDP should publicly explain the firing … since as a tax payer, we all own this “corporation”, then I think we need to know the details on this one, to make sure this suspicious firing was above board.

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