Laxer for NDP Leader!

debate2.jpgJim Laxer is obviously the only progressive left in the NDP party. Jim Laxer for NDP leader!!! And here’s a hearty round of boos from me directed at Alexa McDonough. What a dimwit for saying the Greens should be excluded from the debates. The real reason they want the Greens excluded is this latest poll result, NDP 15%, Green 11% (H/T to Far & Wide). The Greens are closing the gap and the NDP is terrified. I used to admire Alexa a great deal. I am over it now.

Meanwhile, Jim Laxer, a former party leadership candidate in the early 1970s and a political scientist, said he supports the idea of not running a candidate against Ms. May. A pact could help unite the opposition against Mr. Harper, Mr. Laxer said.

H/T to Jason Cherniak

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21 thoughts on “Laxer for NDP Leader!

  1. leftdog says:

    Why are you remaining a Liberal supporter and NOT moving to the Green Party IF Elizabeth May is so wonderful and her party is so great?

    I find it hilarious that all of a sudden, the biggest advocats of the Green Party of Canada are a bunck of Liberal bloggers!

    This thinly disguised Liberal nonsense is all about desperately trying to fight the NDP and has NOTHING to do with May.

    Take out Green party membership – join the Green bloggers with their logo on you site, and your position may have some credibility.

  2. leftdog says:

    Which of these parties should be allowed to have their leaders in the debate …. and which ones not?

    Registered Canadian Political Parties

    * Animal Alliance Environment Voters Party of Canada
    * Bloc Québécois
    * Canadian Action Party
    * Christian Heritage Party of Canada
    * Communist Party of Canada
    * Conservative Party of Canada
    * First Peoples National Party of Canada
    * Green Party of Canada
    * Liberal Party of Canada
    * Libertarian Party of Canada
    * Marijuana Party
    * Marxist-Leninist Party of Canada
    * New Democratic Party
    * Progressive Canadian Party
    * Western Block Party

  3. Sean S. says:

    The current polls should have, and don’t, any bearing on who should be in the leaders debate. What is needed is some forum or all party committee to decide the substance and participants in future leaders debates, regardless, it must be taken out of the tv execs hands. I think some sort of across the board requirements including percentage of vote in last election (say over 5%) or a full slate of candidates and a percentage of the vote (say 2 or 3%).

    So I would agree that there is merit in having Ms. May in the debates, and have called for it before. However, I also see merit in those who would say she should let her choice for PM speak for her this time.

    Of course in the NDP you are allowed to disagree with party policy (for the most part) and have a debate….a strange thing I know for Liberals and Cons alike to comprehend….

  4. Woman At Mile 0 says:

    You NDPers…so funny. Dion doesn’t speak for May. He never will. She has her own party and her own ideas and obviously I don’t agree with all of them or I would be a Green party member. She needs to speak for herself and her party. I thought the Greens should have been in the debate last time.

  5. Greg says:

    Your concern for the leadership of the NDP is truly touching, but Layton is secure in his job. If you really want to stir up trouble, why not suggest a draft Iggy movement for Dion’s job?

  6. Greg says:

    She needs to speak for herself and her party

    I agree. The more she endorses the leader of another party for PM, the less credibility she has with her own people. Talk away, I say.

  7. Greg says:

    Hypocrites

    How is pointing out the unilateral surrender of the Green Party by its leader hypocritical? It would only be hypocritical if we criticized it and then did the same thing.

  8. Green Assassin Brigade says:

    Who should be in the debates is simple.

    Any party that has high enough support in the previous election 2%+ to gain funding as an official party $1.75 per vote should bein.

    This is the ruler used to decide if a party is relevant, this should be ruler that decides their inclusion. If the public is funding the Greens existence they should at least see what they are paying for.

    This rule is already inplace, it does not involve political influence over media outlets and allows parties to know well in advance if they will qualify.

    If more fringe Parties gets 2%, good for them. Many Nations have more choice than us and they still manage to have debates and open forums for inter party discussion, What’s our problem?

    The NDP trying to discredit the Greens is a waste of energy that should have been directed towards the Cons

  9. steel city says:

    “Of course in the NDP you are allowed to disagree with party policy (for the most part) and have a debate….a strange thing I know for Liberals and Cons alike to comprehend…”

    Funny, that. Unless my memory is gone, a certain 40 year member of the NDP and labour leader had his membership revoked for disagreeing with party policy. That was for the cardinal crime of suggesting that maybe it made sense to support Liberals where New Democrats had no chance i.e. that the Left should present a principled block to prevent Stephen Harpers Prime Ministership.

    No other party in Canada would ever do anything like that.

    Chronic low self-esteem breeds despotism. Laxer better sleep with one eye open. His days are numbered.

  10. Greg says:

    The NDP trying to discredit the Greens is a waste of energy that should have been directed towards the Cons.

    May shouldn’t have endorsed Dion if she didn’t want criticism. You are forgetting Ms. May has a history and that history is coloring the reaction.

  11. Woman At Mile 0 says:

    From your comment steel city it sounds like the NDP are planning a Laxer lynching. Why am I not surprised? I like him. Seems like a pretty level headed intelligent guy to me. Probably someone who could work with other progressives to stop Harper. Not like Layton who likes to pretend he wants to stop Harper.

  12. mushroom says:

    Mile O,

    I posted this as a comment in Steve’s blog Far and Wide a few days ago. I will post it again here:

    Stephen Lewis is the doyen of the NDP. There is an interest for Stephen Lewis, Ed Broadbent, and Jack Layton to dominate the party before it gets swallowed up by the Waffle fanatics. James Laxer is one of them.

    On the one hand, I can see them laughing at the Liberals for making deals with Buzz Hargrove, Elizabeth May, Maude Barlow, and David Orchard to unite the left. But if these deals become an alternative left coalition, the three aforementioned Dippers will be scared as their support erodes.

    Dion is taking a risk in forging this alternative left coalition. If he pulls through, you can see Dion in five years being as politically shrewd as PM Harper.

    James Laxer as NDP leader. Tell Jack that and he will be having a mega fit.

  13. Greg says:

    That was for the cardinal crime of suggesting that maybe it made sense to support Liberals where New Democrats had no chance i.e. that the Left should present a principled block to prevent Stephen Harpers Prime Ministership.

    Your error in this sentence is to suggest the Liberals are a leftist party. It is not. It likes to pretend it is during elections and then happily does the bidding of Bay Street when in power. The sooner people realize this (though how anyone who live through the Chretien/Martin years could possibly mistake the Liberals as leftist is beyond me) the better off Canada will be.

  14. saskboy says:

    Greg, you need to read May’s own words:
    “Let’s be quite clear. This is a leaders’ courtesy and it is a one-off. We are not “endorsing” the Liberal Party.”
    She’s not endorsing Dion as a better PM than herself. The full May reply is on my blog if you can’t bother looking for th facts at greenparty.ca

  15. LawLibrarian says:

    I like Broadbent but Layton has turned into a phony. He is obviously frightened to death of May in a national debate. Many people I know who are not totally politically obsessed (normal citiznes) are very impressed once they hear her. They tend to find Layton to be rigid and scripted-sounding.

    By the way, the Toronto Star today reported that Layton back in 2004 asked – behind closed doors of course – for a deal under which the Greens would not run candidates against the NDP.

    May and Dion agree to not compete locally in 2 measly ridings and Layton calls this a threat to democracy, civlization and motherhood. But he asked for more – behind closed doors – in 2004 and he is the purist principled leader.

    Layton is like the hypocritical authoritarian parent we all hate: “do as I say, not as I do”.

    Layton does not walk the talk.

    I voted twice for the NDP. There may not be a 3rd time. Layton is sorely testing my tolerance for insincerity, phoniness and partisan cant.

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