Thursday, January 11, 2007

NDP Picking the Right Strategies

There was a press release by the NDP on January 10, 2007 that Jack Layton said that climate change and working families "pocketbooks" will be their priorities.

These are probably two of the best things for the NDP to focus on. The environment and climate change are the biggest issues in politics lately (and probably will be for a long time), and it's also the issue people are going to the Liberals and particularly the Green Party over. The environment is something that the NDP needs to keep pushing on to show Canadians that the NDP is the environmental party, NOT the Liberals or the Greens (and especially not the Conservatives!).

The other one: finances. This is also a great thing for the NDP. One of the biggest criticisms of the NDP is that they "tax and spend" and that all they want to do is to drive you broke through taxes. People in Saskatchewan and Manitoba know that's not true, but most Canadians don't, so it's great the Jack Layton is saying that the NDP is the party that helps you "pocketbook" and is socially responsible by investing in Canada.
What a great thing for the NDP to do.

6 comments:

SammySam said...

Yeah, the pocketbook thing seems to be a good idea, but maybe Jack should tag another idea to that label (not just bank charges).

SammySam said...

Yeah, the pocketbook thing seems to be a good idea, but maybe Jack should tag another idea to that label (not just bank charges).

Alex said...

Sam, thanks for the (double) comment. There is a little more that Jack wants to do involving "pocketbooks" that he brought out in his caucus retreat speech in Vancouver, including health care, long term care for disabled people and seniors (which can get pricey), interest rates, and post-secondary education.
http://accidentaldeliberations.blogspot.com/2007/01/speaking-to-pocketbook.html
It's too bad that the media doesn't bring these things out more.

wilson61 said...

''health care, long term care for disabled people and seniors ''

And of course these initiatives will all be free!!!

NOT, these programs would hit...the pocketbook of taxpayers.

Harper has a HUGE softspot for kids.
Jack should focus on child poverty, forget new social programs, it ain't gonna fly.

hmmmm post secondary education is definitely on the radar for PMSH, it was mentioned as a federal(curiously) priority in a speech somewhere.

leftdog said...

wilson61 said, "Harper has a HUGE softspot for kids." - I DO NOT agree with that statement! Harper's little plan to give stay at home parents $100 per child under 6 as a priority over any day care spaces proves that the Harper bias is against families where both parents need to work or in single family situations. He promised 25,000 new day care spaces per year and to date - nothing.

Nothing has been done to remedy poverty. Literacy programs have been cancelled. Harper has a blind adherence to a complete free market system where if you are poor, that is your own fault and your own problem. He hates public health care.

Here is a Harper quote on the unemployed (many of whom have children):
""In terms of the unemployed, of which we have over a million-and-a-half, don't feel particularly bad for many of these people. They don't feel bad about it themselves, as long as they're receiving generous social assistance and unemployment insurance."
-Stephen Harper, then vice-president of the National Citizens Coalition, in a June 1997 Montreal meeting of the Council for National Policy, a right-wing American think tank.

Harper cares only for business, an entrepreneurial dictatorship and a dog eat dog system where the poor are expendable - including their kids.

Anonymous said...

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