Tuesday, May 14, 2013
What Does Tonight's Disaster Say About the NDP?
It was the New Dems' election to lose and that's just what they did. They lost to a government that was roundly despised with a record rich in corruption, scandal, manipulation and dishonesty.
Tonight the public's distrust of the NDP trumped its disgust for the Liberals. Tonight the NDP showed just how soft and unreliable its support can be and how easily even a rotten rival can pry those voters out of its hands.
Adrian Dix wasn't some firebrand socialist. He was genuinely moderate and woefully lacking in the killer instinct of the blood sport of politics. Dix foolishly took the high road and refused to engage, blow for blow, with Christy Clark's negative campaigning.
He needed to remind people every day all the reasons they had to loathe this woefully corrupt government but he wouldn't and didn't and his party, not to mention our province, paid the price for that.
I think something else we learned tonight is that New Democrat support is soft and unreliable. It's a lesson that Tommy Mulcair and the federal Dippers should heed. Jack Layton brought the NDP to official opposition on a groundswell of voter support in Quebec. Where is that support today? It's evaporating.
Well at least the night wasn't a total write-off. My party, the Greens, won their first seat in B.C. provincial politics. And what a win that was. Andrew Weaver, U. Vic. professor and world renowned environmental scientist, will now replace the inept New Dems as the government's opposition on climate change and the security of our coast.