23 May 2011

Meet your newest frankenparty: the Bloc NDP

An assessment in the Globe and Mail of the political parties and their voter profiles concluded that:

the NDP constituency has gone from being overwhelmingly English speaking and more diverse than the national average to mostly French-speaking and less multicultural.

Sounds like calling it the Bloc NDP would be a good name for Canada’s newest frankenparty.

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Michel said...

How were you able to arrive to the conclusion that Quebec voters choosing a federalist party in large numbers while the BQ was still an election option transforms the NDP into a separatist Quebec-only party when there were vote gains in each province for the NDP?

To me, that sounds like the same mentality that would not allow Réal Caouette from being considered for the leadership of the Social Credit Party back in the early 1960s.

Scott in Montreal said...

It does radically redefine the party. The old guard will have to put a lot of water in their wine to embrace the change in direction. The "Québec first" mind-set of the former BQ supporters remains strong. This presents a huge opportunity for Harper to drive a wedge into what will presumably become his new primary target - the NDP.

Mark said...

Not sure I agree with it. I think this may be a better assessment of what transpired with the NDP vote in Quebec:


WJM said...

The NDP vote in Quebec in 2011 was comprised of (A) 9/10s of the 2008 NDP vote in Quebec, a remarkable rate of retention, and (B) a siphoning-off of 25-30% of the 2008 support for each of the other three major parties, including the BQ. (Previous non-voters excluded.)

In other words, a previously known supporter of a non-NDP party in Quebec was pretty much just as likely to move to the NDP, regardless of which party - Liberal, Con, BQ - they had formerly voted for.

More here.