Tips on Beating Down the Conservative Menace
Keep hammering on this point doesn't change the fact the NDP has never and will never whip a vote on a private member's bill. Just because the Liberals do it doesn't make it right.Voting the way consistents want should happen more often to bad the Liberals and Conservatives don't care about what the people think that they represent and everytime you bring this up it makes that more and more clear. You are just setting the NDP to run on that very issue. I hope the Liberals bring this up during the election so the NDP can say that, maybe during a debate.
I hope the Liberals bring it up on every doorstep in Outremont, Ottawa Centre, Toronto Danforth, Trinity Spadina, Edmonton Strathcona, Vancouver East, Vancouver Kingsway, and probably others.It's too bad that MPs abolished 10%ers. This would be a perfect issue to hammer the NDP on.
I hope they do to, I hope they say "the Liberals have decided they don't care what those who vote for MPs want, they will force your MP to vote however the Leader at the time wants" That is what Liberals call democracy. Take the power out of the hands of the people and put in the hands of a select few. Sounds like a winning argument for the NDP.
As opposed to Layton, who will argue that, although he agrees the registry saves lives, a couple of rural seats are more important than that.
Layton can't make that decision. Again the NDP has never whipped a private members vote in their history. So the decision is that of those MPs and the consistents in the riddings in which they live. It is called democracy the Liberals should try it. Remember 8 of them don't support the gun registry but the Liberals don't care what what the people of Canada think. They keep showing and you guys keep hammering on because you don't care. Let MPs vote the way their riddings feel. The Liberals wont because they believe in taking the peoples voice away.
I agree with Robert, we should have more democracy. Let's start with rep by pop and a strict accounting of the rural/urban split of seats. Once that is in place, things like the gun registry will take care of themselves.
"I hope the Liberals bring it up on every doorstep in Outremont, Ottawa Centre, Toronto Danforth, Trinity Spadina, Edmonton Strathcona, Vancouver East, Vancouver Kingsway, and probably others."I'm not sure what the Liberal argument will be in any of those ridings. The NDP MPs in each of them supports the gun registry (though in Edmonton-Strathcona it may be political suicide for her to do so). Let's not forget that the PMB to scrap the gun registry only got this far because 8 Liberals supported it and it remains to be seen how many of them will obey Iggy's "whip". If the PMB fails, then there will be no issue anyways. If the PMB passes, then I wonder if Ignatieff would stupid enough to build his campaign around a promise to recreate the long gun registry - and then see if the Liberals are even able to find anyone to run for them in rural Canada.
I'm confused. Why do the NDP only support democracy for private memner bills?
I'm confused. Why do the NDP only support democracy for private memner bills?Because otherwise they have to climb off their horse.
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