This weekend’s NDP convention in Halifax is supposed to herald a new era in the party, which will, the NDP hopes, lead to more seats in the next federal election. Will that actually happen? John Ivison of the National Post, who ordinarily laughs at NDP policy pronouncements, suggested on August 7 that there’s an outside chance the Halifax gab-fest, unlike previous NDP conventions, might actually produce solid policy:
Absent this time will be the spam of lunatic resolutions from the party’s fringe members such as 2006’s proposal to have a trans-gender Day of Remembrance; the proposition from one riding association that the entire economy be nationalized; and, the motion from another constituency to have Canada withdraw from NORAD, NATO and the WTO.
Unfortunately, the NDP appears to have already adopted, without debate and prior to the convention, a resolution whose lunacy matches or exceeds that of the three humdingers in Ivison’s litany: to develop a national energy security policy that explicitly rules out nuclear power. I just watched party national director Brad Levigne explain this perfectly politically correct proposal to the CBC’s Andrew Nichols.
(Full disclosure: though I also laugh at most of what the NDP says I have found it difficult to change my federal voting habits to reflect this. Call it loyalty to family tradition.)
The pre-emptive anti-nuclear stance tells me the dippers really do worry about the Greens stealing their votes, though they make a big deal out of attacking Liberal leader Michael Ignatieff. Which in turn tells me they still understand neither hard policy nor electoral strategy. And that it’s time for me to invent a new family tradition.
“This physic [the Halifax convention] but prolongs thy sickly days.”