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Layton’s deal with Liberals

You have to admire Jack Layton.  Yesterday’s deal with the Liberals was masterful power politics.  In one stroke he has:

  • Imposed the NDP agenda on Parliament.
  • Repositioned the NDP as the Party that knows what it wants and how to get it.
  • Undermined Ralph Goodale’s credibility as finance minister.  Remember, it was Goodale who insisted the money for these programs wasn’t available in the first place.
  • Exposed Paul Martin as weak-willed, and willing to do anything to retain his grip on power. 

He’s already got his election positioning worked out — “We worked for the people, while the other parties were just taking care of their own business to their own advantage.”

I don’t agree with what Jack has asked Parliament to spend our tax dollars on, but I am in awe of how devastatingly effective he has been when presented with this opportunity.

{ 2 comments… add one }

  • ian April 27, 2005, 6:56 am

    I especially love how some articles are reporting that the $4.6B deal buys the Liberals more time. I saw it as Layton and the NDP successfully managing to buy front page coverage as the champions of Canadians with $4.6B of our tax dollars. Sheer genius. The NDP really come out on top with this one.

  • Ronald Gruia April 30, 2005, 9:44 pm

    Ian / Alec –

    Agree with almost everything both of you say, but…

    1- most of the money to be spent is in the future (like 2008? – if I am not wrong)
    2- the Liberals (i.e. Martin) are already saying that the businesses will get some tax relief in the form of "separate legislation"

    So who's the genius here? Martin or Layton? Sounds like Jack's been had. Even an NDP MP said during the session (upon hearing about item 2 above) that the Liberals are doing this while the ink of the deal still had not dried up…

    Unbelievable as it may seem, the Liberals are back in the lead of popular opinion surveys, albeit by a small margin. I cannot think of any other example around the world where a similar phenomenon might have happened (in history).

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