Thursday, February 8, 2007

Getting The Message Out

Today, I'm not going to write about an issue. Instead, I will write about the need to get the NDP message out. Anybody who reads the papers, and news magazines, would know that the media is not as NDP-friendly as we may want it to be.

Martensville (SK) By-election

For those Saskatchewan people out there who don't know already, the Martensville by-election has been called for March 5. The NDP candidate out there is John Tzupa, who is a young candidate (24, I think). Please visit his website, and get involved in his campaign.
Yesterday, I got the Macleans magazine. There was an article which, in part, was talking about Jack Layton and Harper. The author was mentioning Jack's speech at the Quebec City convention last year, and how he wanted to form an NDP government. Then, he went on to say that it was the most unpublicized political speech of that year. Now, I cannot say if that was true or not, seeing I was actually there, and thus could not watch the news at that moment. The traditional news media is not the way (it would be a great way, just that they don't like us) to get the NDP message out.

Instead, we need to do it in other ways. I will be the first to admit that it is not easy to 'preach' the 'good news' to friends (especially the Conservative ones). But it is a chore that needs to be done. People do switch their vote (note how we can go from a Liberal majority to a Conservative minority in a few years). People often say to me, "A Conservative can vote Liberal, a Liberal can vote NDP, but a Conservative cannot ever vote NDP". This, of course, is wrong. Provincially in Saskatchewan, the only two elected parties are the NDP and the Saskatchewan Party (a nice name for the Conservative Party). And every election, seats change hands both ways.

So to go to the ways of going about this. Talk to people (who you know and don't know), increase the Blogging Dippers blog roll to the size of the Blogging Tories, donate to the NDP (for advertising), get involved with your NDP executive and have events, and, if you haven't already, BUY AN NDP MEMBERSHIP.

Jack can't do all the work. The grassroots parts (aka us) need to take on a load.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Exactly. I totally agree. We are the smallest elected party, with the best ideas, but the others have more money, more volunteers, and thus more MPs. I guess Dippers are lazy.