Is Bob Rae Getting Squeezed Out as Mulcair and Harper Draw the Battle Lines ? April 29, 2012

Is Bob Rae Getting Squeezed Out as Mulcair and Harper Draw the Battle Lines ? April 29, 2012

CFN –  Politics are a blood sport and right now it’s fascinating watching things play out at the Federal level here in Canada.

Our Prime Minister, Stephen Harper, I’m sure is enjoying the ride.    The odd alliance with the NDP has paid off in full.   Jack Layton was key in bringing down Paul Martin which led to Mr. Harper becoming PM, and Thomas Mulcair’s efforts in Quebec have brought the Liberals down quite a few notches.

Mr. Mulcair becoming official Leader of the opposition may be the kill blow in Liberal leader Bob Rae’s leadership aspirations.

The back room folks can’t be happy with the lay of the land right now in Grit Land.    With no apparent leader other than Mr. Rae at the moment there is nothing pointing to a return to stronger numbers next election time even with the scandals that have beset the Harperites.

Likewise the possibility of a unite the centre is losing steam.  The NDP hold a strong amount of seats and with Mr. Mulcair at the helm there’s nothing really showing a switch in Quebec from the Orange Crush.  With language becoming more of a topic across Canada it’s something that also leaves the Liberals in the dust.  Their embrace of the legalization of Marijuana is also ringing hollow as no high profile MP’s appeared at  420 rallies across Canada and especially in Ottawa.

All this spells another Majority government for Mr. Harper and retention and possible growth for the Mulcair NDP.    Add in some Gerrymandering of riding splits as the government adds 30 new ridings and that’s a win win situation for those that bleed blue in Canada.

What do you think Canada?  You can post your comments below.

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8 Comments on "Is Bob Rae Getting Squeezed Out as Mulcair and Harper Draw the Battle Lines ? April 29, 2012"

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Unfortunately, I believe that we are seeing the extreme polarization of politics in Canada, exactly as Harper wishes. If this continues there will be only two real parties in Canada just like the US, the left and the right, with no true center. I also believe we are seeing lines drawn in the sand between not only the left and the right, but also between the federal government and the provincial governments, and even more frightening, an increasing gap between the east and the west. If all this continues to happen I foresee constant political flux allowing the politically right… Read more »
Allen B

The death of the mushy middle is good for democracy. Nothing gets people’s attention like a clear choice. People will vote for their own self interest and the spendthrift left side of the spectrum has little credibility any more. The majority of Canadians want small government and a dismantling of the Nanny state erected behind their backs without any proper input.

The death knell is tolling for the Liberal party of Canada. It is caught in limbo. Not the centre, not the left and certainly not the right. They are waiting too long to elect a new leader and it is becoming increasingly clear that they are going to anoint Rae as leader. Look at the obvious choices, Rae? Marc Garneau? Dominic LeBlanc..P.l.e.a.s.e. None of these men have the kind of leadership qualities that the moribund party needs. Its more of the same. Mulcair will eventually have to talk policy. He will preach all things Quebec because he has to and… Read more »

I think left-or-right is too pessimistic. The problem with the Liberals is that for a long time they have not actually stood for anything — “we stand for the middle” is not good enough. Yes, politics are more polarized, but governance is not. Any party that wishes to govern needs to govern close to the centre while making clear some set of values that defines them. I think many true Canadian values were lost during the years that Liberals steered the ship — in no particular direction.

I’m with Allen B. Left-or-Right may be under the influence of hypnotics. There have never been three legitimate parties in Canada at one time. Hipster Mulcair will fall in the polls as quickly as a drunk doing dubstep. The hippie-dippies don’t have a chance for generations and biased polls can only be credible for a short time (Ekos). I’d like to see Rae’s head squeezed in a vice until his eyes bulge and then incarcerated in an allegorical superjail. The time of the benevolent dictator is here for the decade. People across the land scream praise for King Stephen while… Read more »
The mushy middle is where the best policy has always come from Allen B. The best of both ideologies, policies which carefully embrace and bolster capitalism while at the same time insuring the basic needs of not just some, but all Canadian citizens. Let’s remember that it was the mushy middle’s Paul Martin who had the fiscal foresight which put our banks in a comfortable position during the worldwide recession and has countries globally praising and emulating Canada’s banking system. These are advances which neither the far left nor the far right parties can achieve easily while engaging in a… Read more »
PJ Robertson
Politically, Harper is riding a wave. For how long? Ethically, Harper is trashing Canada. For how long? Harper’s wave may turn out to be a wavelet. Progressive Conservatives in Alberta have said NO to regressive extremism in the Harper heartland, perhaps emboldening progressives everywhere to say NO to Harper’s regressive, divisive federalism. So, how long before Canadians who voted for Harper in good faith (as opposed to the sheep) recognize they were had — that they voted for good, open, accountable government, and have been rewarded with a government of contempt and deceit? How long before Canada’s provinces recognize that… Read more »