Cornwall ON – The old saying “Don’t Kick a Dog When It’s Down” does’t apply in politics or as one of my old associates answered when posed this question: “Why not? It’s the best time?”
Many whispered that the reason Jack Layton pulled down the Harper government was that he knew in six months time he would not be able to run. I’m not judging the veracity of that whisper or if true the impact behind the sentiment.
When I interviewed Mr. Layton it was clear, besides the fact that he was a great interview one on one, that he was very proud of his record as leader of his party and that each election he led garnered more seats for his party. I’m sure even he never truly expected to pull in as many as he did in this election.
It’s an odd relationship Mr. Layton and Mr. Harper have? The two of them have a history especially with the Liberals eroding as they go from weak leader to the next. Poor Mr. Dion was never meant to be “the Guy” and I’m still scratching my head over Mr. Ignatieff.
It was Mr. Layton that helped Mr. Harper pull down Paul Martin’s government. Each step of the way Mr. Layton and Mr. Harper have helped each other’s careers.
Now through brilliant strategic use of the NDP Mr. Harper has his majority government, and now, by appointing a Separatist as interim leader, Mr. Layton has given his party a leader that will cause a lot of concern outside of Quebec and ultimately make it harder for when Thomas Mulcair takes the helm; most likely sometime in 2012. Which of course gives Mr. Harper a big smile as he continues to lead his party towards a second majority.
It’s disturbing watching much of the media spin on Ms Turmel. As a former Quebecer I know that many in the Bloc or PQ even aren’t true separatists. Even names like Levesque and Bouchard were accused by their own of being soft on sovereignty and the ideals of the party. Most times it is strategic and not ideology that motivates Quebec politicians more so than anywhere else in Canada.
What is becoming more clear is the NDP both Federally and Provincially under Andrea Horwath are going to have a harder time defining themselves. Ms Horwath in Ontario especially seems to be trying to change the face of the Party’s image to something more……Liberal while the Federal wing seems to be doing so in softer and gentler tones. With this turmoil it surely won’t bode well for her in the October elections.
The big winner is of course Stephen Harper and Conservatives in general. If his plan works he’ll have a disintegrating opposition in the NDP and a Liberal party in recovery mode unless some magic happens in Ontario.
What do you think Canada? You can post your comments below.