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From bj695@FreeNet.Carleton.CA Sat Sep  7 11:03:53 PDT 1996
Article: 69687 of can.politics
From: bj695@FreeNet.Carleton.CA (Geoff Lupton)
Newsgroups: can.politics
Subject: Re: THE NDP: Right Where They Belong; On The Bottom!
Date: 7 Sep 1996 06:52:27 GMT
Organization: The National Capital FreeNet
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Sender: (Geoff Lupton)
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Reply-To: bj695@FreeNet.Carleton.CA (Geoff Lupton)

Barry Bruyea ( writes:
> A Southam Poll, released this morning, shows that the National NDP party
> is right at the bottom of the pile in public approval of Canada's 
> Political Parties with a 6% rating.  The PC's, on the other hand, have
> moved up to the number two spot, which is about a 30-40% rise over the
> past few months.  It must be an embarassment for the NDP to be behind
> the Bloc Quebecois, but, that's life. This means that Canadians as a whole
> may be moving away from the "Cradle To The Grave" mentality the the Left
> wing has encouraged over the last three decades. There is hope for Canada
> yet as the glass becomes half full, rather than half empty.

The poll results mean no such thing. The low rating for the NDP has much
more to do with the dearth of media coverage of the party (especially
given its loss of party status in the House) than any perceived rejection
of what you call Left "mentality". This situation may correct itself if
the NDP is able to raise its profile through policy and strategy renewal.
A voice critical of corporate capitalism still has an audience in Canada.

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