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Friday, February 5, 2010

Donolo tells Ignatieff: tack left

The Liberal Leader Michael Ignatieff is trying mightily to find issues that will add extra traction in the polls to that already gained from PM Stephen Harper’s prorogation of parliament. The professor finally has caught up to the Conservatives in the polls and is desperate to stay there. But he knows that, in the past, his every effort to sell himself to Canadian voters has been a miserable failure.

Remember his “If you mess with me, I will mess with you until I’m done” tough guy image he tried to sell last spring? And the election bravado later in the year when Ignatieff puffed out his chest and threatened to force another election? Well, that didn’t work for him, did it? Neither did shifting his party to the right when he killed the left-wing coalition, defended the tar sands and supported the Conservatives’ law and order legislation.

In fact, until he brought in Peter Donolo to be his coach, nothing Ignatieff tried resonated with voters. Ignatieff clearly showed that he lacks keen political instincts and is not a decisive leader. In blogs, he is routinely referred to as “Iffy.”

Once installed with his hand-picked team, however, Peter Donolo began to turn things around. He’s dipping back into the Liberals’ past when their “Rainmaker,” Keith Davey, formulated a “tack left” strategy, and the Grits won one campaign after another under Pearson and Trudeau—pretty well the same strategy that saw Jean Chrétien’s left-wing populism propel him to three consecutive majorities.

Before Donolo, Ignatieff would, on occasion, talk the talk of his party’s left-wing, but he never walked it. Now he advocates boldly for universal child care, regardless of the state of the economy or the size of the deficit. And not satisfied that Liberals gave Canada the most extreme left-wing policy on abortion-as-birth-control one can imagine, he wants Stephen Harper to export it by imposing that laissez-faire attitude on the poor nations of the world.

Those, dear readers, are the true bona fides of a leftist.

There is also the Liberal Party’s reproachmont with the New Democrats. The parties now speak as with one mouth. And, of course, senior Grits like Ujjal Dosanjh and Bob Rae already have deep roots in the socialist movement. One gets the distinct impression that coalition is on the table once more—i.e., coalition is necessary.

There is even a noticeable shift in the tactics of Liberal Party shills who show up regularly on political TV shows like Power Play.

We are used to seeing anti-Conservative graphics brought on the show by a Liberal Party war room warrior, but now, in the best Paul Martin campaign tradition, Liberal pundits pose questions like, “Have you stopped beating your wife?” and insist on a yes or no answer, shouting down any explanation as to why the question is slanderous. It’s a nasty aged-old tactic, but one that still works—especially when Tom Clark, the TV show’s host, sits like a bump on a log and let’s the likes of Warren Kinsella use it at will.

Yes, Donolo tells Ignatieff to tack left, and Ignatieff does as he’s told. We’ll have to wait and see how Canadians react to all this.

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6 comments — This is a moderated blog and comments will appear when approved. Please don’t resubmit if your comment doesn’t appear immediately, and please do not post material that is obscene, harassing, defamatory, or otherwise objectionable.

  1. Donolo is smart, there is no doubt - and Kinsella is at his pit-bull best, but the real story is the exceptional bias shown increasingly by the lazy MSM - the entire country loses when the leftist media exerts their control

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  2. I thoroughly enjoyed reading your blog post. Could not agree more. I will post it in the Group area that supports our Prime Minister...so that people can be reminded.

    Onward and Upward...

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  3. Michael Ignatieff is clearly suicidal when he tries to re-open abortion debate. Hero of Canadian abortion movement Henry Morgentaler turned out to be a pseudo-medical fraudster who obtained his medical diploma at the University of Montreal in 1953 by making fraudulent claims about his medical studies in Germany and Belgium prior to his arrival in Canada in 1953.
    Once Henry Morgentaler is exposed as a fraud, who for years was endangering Canadian women by performing abotions on them without having proper medical qualifications Michael Ignatieff will look like an idiot for proposing to export such “pseudo-medical services” to other countries.

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  4. Stephan Dion tried to "tack left" and ran aground on the shoals of the NDP and Greens in the ROC and the BQ in Quebec.

    There is a scenario for left wingers to contemplate:

    In 2014, new seats will have to be created in the House of Commons to reflect demographic changes; a realignment which means a party could capture a majority in the House without winning seats in Quebec.

    I suspect that many who now vote BQ will defect to another left wing party (since the BQ is a national socialist party in the correct sense of the word), so if the NDP has smart and forward thinking people, they will be working to court the BQ voters, attract the Greens (who are also followers of a socialist ideology) and at that point should have enough critical mass to attract many voters from the left wing of the Liberal party.

    The Prime Minister could advance this scenario by crafting legislation to create the new seats now, when the voters in Quebec realize they no longer have a "seat at the table" they might jump ship even sooner.

    There will be a certain percentage of Liberals who will jump ship to the new socialist party in order to get close to the levers of power (a sort of Bob Rae in reverse) and others who will not be satisfied with the Liberal "socialist lite" brand.

    The resulting rump Liberal party will be as relevant as the "Progressive Canadian" party is today.

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  5. This is fine, let the liberals drift left, that is what they know. Right now the place to be is in the economy and conservatives must own this issue. (real conservative)

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  6. You are right that Warren Kinsella makes Tom Clark look like a fool. Power Play was a better news program before the started using Kinsella as a regular. The show, the host have gone into the crapper.

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