Harper’s Blue Meanies would have Canadians believe the New Democrats as the Official Opposition, is not much more than flash in the pan and something that doesn't worry them much at all. Their actions tell a different story.
I find it interesting that when Jack Layton died. Stephen Harper was falling all over himself saying how much he respected Jack but, now that the time has come to find a successor, he is back to treating the NDP as if they very scary. The barbarian horde camped just outside the gate.
What it shows, in my opinion, is that Little Stevie is much more afraid of the New Democrat’s than he ever would like to admit.
A case in point.
One of the leadership hopefuls in the bid to replace Jack is Brian Topp, a backroom strategist who worked here in Saskatchewan with Roy Romanow, back when Roy was the big cheese. The Harper spin doctors have gone to great lengths to characterize Topp as a “union boss” and raise the spectre of “big labour” taking over the NDP and potentially having labour control Canada’s agenda.
Anyone who understands “big labour” if there is even such a thing in Canada, would understand a few of things:
- “Big labour” in Canada couldn’t get its collective act together enough to control anything outside it’s own narrow domain.
- Topp as the Executive Director of ACTRA’s Toronto Branch, is an employee, and not a big player on Labour’s National scene.
- ACTRA is a small player within the labour community and is certainly never thought of as one of the Labour heavyweights.