It’s game over for NDP hopes of achieving power in BC for at least another generation …. unless the party finds ways to support MAJOR construction projects.
And yes, I’m talking oil pipelines, coastal ship traffic, mining, rail movement of resources, major dam construction … all those things so many extreme far-left NDPers have found so repugnant over the past decade.
Or the NDP will stay in Opposition for the foreseeable future .
I told you so on this blog May 3 in an article: “NDP Policies Give Liberals New Hope” :
“The NDP is the party of “NO” say the new Liberal ads … exploiting NDP positions on several projects: “NO” to Kinder Morgan; “NO” to Enbridge: “NO” to coastal tanker traffic; “NO” to expanded West coast coal exports; “NO” to the Prosperity gold copper mine in the Cariboo: “NO” to BC Hydro’s Site “C” dam; “NO” to Jumbo Glacier Resort; and possibly “NO’ to fracking,” I wrote.
“The Liberals are the party of “YES, their new ads say: “YES” to development: “YES” to jobs; “YES” to lower taxes etc. … all aimed at exactly the voters I pointed to recently as the only ones who really count: the undecided.”
That piece drew lots of derisive comments from hard-line NDP supporters … but I was right!
The truth is the NDP was done in by its own LOUD hardline anti-big-business, anti-development, anti-resource extraction extremists …who have over the past 10 years pushed their own party into a series of clearly unpopular positions.
The voters made it VERY clear May 14: more of them support the jobs, royalties, revenues and economic input that come from “greenbacks” emanating from major development projects than the limited returns that are attached to an overwhelming “green” philosophy.
Hate that if you will … but that’s the political reality the NDP MUST face now … or continue to languish as losers.
And there IS a way for them to make the shift, without losing face: by replacing their “No” philosophy with one that says “Yes” …. IF CHANGES accompany development that will BETTER preserve the environment, BETTER protect communities, BETTER provide public revenues and benefits, and BETTER add more First Nations jobs and financial rewards.
YES to an amended Enbridge plan; YES to a re-routed Kinder Morgan pipeline; YES to coastal exports in state-of-the-art carriers; YES to increased mining activities in the Cariboo and elsewhere, with environmental protection controls; YES to Hydro dam developments etc. etc.
Of course, the party’s far left wing … who have championed moving closer to the “Greens” will not support such a major shift away from the NDP’s current profile. Let them go: there are FAR MORE votes among blue collar British Columbians than there are among those who support the Greens agenda.
And the NDP needs to regain support among the HUGE numbers of blue collar workers … even if means losing a FEW others to the Greens.
The NEXT BC election will also likely be fought on JOBS … not a green agenda, or homelessness, child poverty, seniors, health care or education.
The shift will be difficult for the party: there will be a huge internal fight.
But if the NDP doesn’t find a way to embrace the BIG projects, the Liberals will … and win again.