Thursday July 24, 2014



QUESTION OF THE WEEK

Survey results are meant for general information only, and are not based on recognised statistical methods.



New Democrats...

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Dear Editor, 

B.C. NDP aren't in for a very good year.  The NDP is a united party throughout Canada.  A NDP membership is a duel membership, that makes you a member of both the provincial and federal parties.  Both Manitoba and Nova Scotia have NDP provincial governments.  The taxpayers in Manitoba returned the NDP to government on Oct 4, 2011 winning the popular vote of 46% to 43% over the opposition Progressive Conservative party.  In it's budget, it gave the Manitoba taxpayers the largest tax increases in 25 years and have given up hope in balancing the budget.  If an election was held today, the opposition Progressive Conservative would win government holding 43% of the popular vote to 39% for the NDP government.  Very sad state of affairs for a government that only won re-election in October of 2011.  Manitoba is a "have not" province.

The taxpayers in Nova Scotia voted in a NDP government on June 9, 2009, the first time ever, also the last.  The NDP won government with 45% of the popular vote compared to 27% for the opposition party Liberals.  The NDP ran a election platform promising no tax increases.  What happen?  Increase in taxes, and funding cuts to health and education.  If an election was held today, the opposition Liberals would form government with 41% of the popular vote compared to the NDP with 29% of the popular vote.  The Nova Scotia NDP have given up hope in balancing the budget.  Nova Scotia is a "have not" province.

As the taxpayers in Nova Scotia are so fed up with the NDP, the NDP government is holding off calling an election and have stated that they might even go the full five year term before having by law to call an election.  Once again, what the NDP is known for; one term governments just like that of Dave Barrett in B.C. and Bob Rae in Ontario.

I don't believe that the B.C. NDP are happy about the upcoming B.C. election because of what is happening under NDP rule in Manitoba and Nova Scotia.  Also if you review the results of the B.C. 2009 provincial election and gave the NDP 48% of the popular vote, they would still be the official opposition party. 

The Alberta legislature has only 4 NDP MLA's.  Saskatchewan had a provincial election in November, 2011, and the NDP was the official opposition party going into the election battle with 20 seats at time of the election call.  After the election, they were down to only 9 seats and their leader also lost his own seat.  The NDP in Ontario has 17 MLA's and is the third party in the province.  Quebec, New Brunswick, and Prince Edward Island do not have one elected NDP MLA.  Newfoundland has only 5 NDP MLA's.  Saskatchewan, once home to Tommy Douglas country, does not have one elected federal NDP MP member.  Federally, they are now in third place in the polls with the Federal Liberals taking second place behine the Conservative government.

 Joe Sawchuk

Duncan, B.C.


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