12 October 2011

Here’s what an opposition party looks like #nlpoli

The Conservatives won’t open the House of Assembly until the spring.

Former Tory Premier Tom Rideout thinks it’s a bad idea, according to CBC:

"The government is an incumbent government. It has plenty of legislation on the books and ready, I'm sure, for the legislature. I think it's a sign that in Danny's case and, again, unfortunately in Kathy's case, that they're not house of assembly people," said Rideout.

Rideout said he loved life in the house of assembly, but he said Dunderdale and Williams see it as a "necessary evil."

CBC quotes NDP leader Lorraine Michael in their story online:

“I think its irresponsible. You know, Danny Williams did the same thing in 2007 and I just see Kathy Dunderdale carrying on the same arrogant way of dealing with opposition in the house," she said Tuesday, after the NDP won five districts in the provincial election.

That’s what an opposition party should sound like.

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geoffcbartlett said...

I guess the lack of respect for the opposition has something to do with the fact that there is little or no opposition there. It may be time for the left to unite both federally and provincially.

Read more here: http://newfoundlandexplorer.com/2011/10/12/left-hands-shaking-the-possibility-of-a-liberal-ndp-merger/

Edward Hollett said...

Aside from flogging your own comments on your own blog, would you care to explain how there is no opposition currently and why you consider both the NDP and the Liberals provincially to be "left" parties?

That supposes the Tories are "right".

In fact all three parties have exactly the same political philosophy.

geoffcbartlett said...

I know there is little ideological distinction between the provincial parties (with maybe the exception of the NDP), that's why I said "so called" in my post. Should have clarified it here as well.

There is an opposition but they are not what I would call healthy. Official opposition with 6 out of 48 is pretty off balanced.

Edward Hollett said...

Well the total opposition is 11.

The province has had some pretty effective oppositions with that number and a few more. And it has had useless piles of crap with more.

Effective is less a function of numbers, I think, than of the people and the type of arguments being made.