Editor: The B.C. NDP aren’t in for a very good year. The NDP is a united party throughout Canada. An NDP membership is a dual membership, which makes you a member of both the provincial and federal parties.
Both Manitoba and Nova Scotia have NDP provincial governments. The voters in Manitoba returned the NDP to government on Oct. 4, 2011, with the party winning the popular vote with 46 per cent to 43 per cent for the opposition Progressive Conservative party.
In its budget, the government gave Manitoba taxpayers the largest tax increases in 25 years. It has given up hope of balancing the budget.
Polls show that, if an election was held today, the opposition Progressive Conservative would win government with 43 per cent of the popular vote, to 39 per cent for the NDP government. It’s a very sad state of affairs for a government that only won re-election in October of 2011. Manitoba is a have-not province.
The taxpayers in Nova Scotia voted in an NDP government on June 9, 2009, for the first time ever. It may also be the last.
The NDP won government with 45 per cent of the popular vote, compared to 27 per cent for the opposition Liberals. The NDP ran a election platform promising no tax increases. What happened?
There was an increase in taxes, and funding cuts to health and education. Polls show that, if an election was held today, the opposition Liberals would form government with 41 per cent of the popular vote, with the NDP getting 29 per cen of the popular vote. The Nova Scotia NDP have given up hope in balancing the budget. Nova Scotia is a have-not province.
As taxpayers in Nova Scotia are so fed up with the NDP, the NDP government is holding off calling an election and has stated that it might even go the full five-year term before having to, by law, to call an election.
The NDP is known for one-term governments, just like that of Dave Barrett in B.C. and Bob Rae in Ontario.
I don’t believe that the B.C. NDP are happy about the upcoming B.C. election, because of what is happening under NDP rule in Manitoba and Nova Scotia. If you review the results of the B.C. 2009 provincial election and gave the NDP 48 per cent of the popular vote, they would still be the official opposition party.
The Alberta legislature has only four NDP MLAs. Saskatchewan had a provincial election in November, 2011, and the NDP was the official opposition party going into the election battle with 20 seats at the time of the election call. After the election, they were down to only nine seats. Their leader also lost his own seat.
The NDP in Ontario has 17 MLAs and is the third party in the province. Quebec, New Brunswick, and Prince Edward Island do not have one elected NDP MLA. Newfoundland has only five NDP MLAs.
Saskatchewan, once home to Tommy Douglas, does not have one elected federal NDP MP. Federally, some polls have them in third place, with the federal Liberals taking second place behine the Conservative government.