Finally, the Liberals have latched onto something. After weeks of useless targeting of what they say the NDP DID in the 90s … and no gains in the polls … the Liberals have shifted gears … targeting what they say an NDP government WOULD do in 2013-2017 … and it’s working.
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.
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.
And THOSE voters …especially the younger ones just out of school or new to the workforce … are worried about all those “NO”s and where their jobs are going to come from. A hundred thousand jobs over the next four years.
Clearly Adrian Dix and the NDP have NOT done a good job of outlining the answer to that pressing question. According to the latest Ipsos-Reid (widely respected and trusted) poll the Liberals, with 35 per cent voter support, have started to close the gap on the NDP, still leading with 45 per cent.
And based on previous election campaigns, the gap will likely narrow in the last week … especially, I believe, if the Libs keep hitting at the NDP as the party of “NO”.
Reminds me of the 1975 election, when Bill Bennett was running well behind NDP incumbent Dave Barrett and then, two weeks before voting day, Barrett said that was not the time for “restraint” in spending the public’s money. Bennett took that and ran with it, saying it ALWAYS the time to show restraint in spending public money. Bennett won.
I personally believe the NDP will still win the May 14 vote. The Liberals have soured too many former supporters and uncommitted.
But, with so many undecided, and the campaigning expected to get even more intense this coming week, you never know.
And wouldn’t it be ironic if the NDP was done in by excessive catering to its more militant supporters, instead of middle-of-the-road UNDECIDED voters.