Comment 29426

By It's not the band I hate - it's (anonymous) | Posted March 09, 2009 at 13:35:02

Why does broadening their appeal mean the NDP loses its core union support? I believe I answered that. Unions view many of the issues you raise as competition to their core interests. As Buzz Hargrove showed the federal NDP in the 2006 general election, union leadership (and financial support) is contingent, not de facto.

I should point out too, that union support is not the support of manufacturing workers and labour in general. It is organized political support from unions whose membership may include a much broader group than, as you put it...those who work in a factory or a mine. You have a very narrow view of who unions propose to represent.

Nonetheless, my point is this: if you are so dissatisfied with the NDP, why the need to make the party over?

The party enjoys vigorous support from a segement of the population with whom you propose to have little in common to begin with. It's like telling a girl you think is ugly to put on lipstick so more people will like her, but at the end of the day, you don't want to date her either.

Move on.

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