The departure of Lorraine Michael marks the end of a difficult period for the New Democrats. It also offers an opportunity to invigorate the party with a truly left politics.
Many would rather forget about the fishery. The responsible among us know we dare not.
The Newfoundland and Labrador government is going to post an unexpected surplus this fiscal year $755.8 million, and NDP leader Lorraine Michael is criticizing Finance Minister Tom Marshall’s announcement that it will be used to service the province’s debt. “Everybody is supposed to be very pleased with it, yet they just see it as an opportunity to put more money down on the debt,” said Michael. The NDP say that the $755 million should be used to pay for seniors’ needs, municipal infrastructure, and secondary education. Newfoundland’s debt currently sits at $8.7 billion. If you had credit card debt of $8,700, and you unexpectedly came across $755.80, what would YOU do? Consider the interest payments you would probably save in the long term on almost a billion dollars. Source: CBC
The federal NDP has acknowledged it broke the rules when it launched a Jack Layton memorial fundraising campaign after their leader passed away in August. The NDP campaigned on behalf of the Broadbent Institute, a left-leaning think thank; the Canada Elections Act strictly prohibits political parties from soliciting donations on behalf of any entity other than the party itself, one of its candidates, a leadership contestant or a district association. The party admitted it broke the rules, and has returned the money to all contributors. The commissioner of elections, William Corbett, said that in letting the party off so easily, he took into account that it acknowledged and accepted responsibility for its breaches, co-operated with his office and took corrective action within days of starting the campaign. Source: CTV News
Photographer Susan Morrissey Wyse was at NDP headquarters as the election results rolled in.
On the cusp of Voting Day, a final analysis of the 2011 General Election…
Noah Davis-Power, who turned 18 last Tuesday, is running for the provincial New Democrats in the riding of Conception Bay South. Davis-Power claims to be the youngest candidate to ever run in a provincial election; he says that he hopes to convince more young people to get involved in politics in the process, and also that education and health care are the issues he would focus on if he is elected on Oct. 11. Source: CBC