Saturday, April 30, 2011

The Toronto Star Endorses the NDP

This time there is a real choice.

Voters who believe that Canada can — and should — aim higher have an important decision. Until 10 days ago, they had only one realistic alternative to the Conservatives — the Liberal party under Michael Ignatieff. Today, that is no longer the case.

The New Democrats have been reinvigorated under the leadership of Jack Layton. After Monday, they may well challenge the Liberals as the principal national standard-bearer for the roughly two voters in three who disagree fundamentally with the course charted by the Harper Conservatives. Progressive voters should give them their support on Monday.

No wonder the Cons are so desperate, and are throwing their fecal pellets at Jack Layton. When they're not chewing on them like peanuts. That's why that Sun story was released tonight, to try to blunt the impact of that endorsement. Because it's HUGE. Especially in the Greater Toronto Area where the Cons are hoping to pick up seats. 

But can they stop the orange wave?

The NDP are at 33 per cent support nationwide, up three percentage points in recent days and just four points back from the Conservatives who are at 37 per cent, up two, according to the latest Angus Reid poll done in partnership with the Toronto Star and La Presse.

The Liberals have dropped by three percentage points this week to 19 per cent. That’s where the NDP stood at the start of the campaign, illustrating the stunning turn in fortunes for both parties.

I suppose anything is possible. But I wouldn't bet on it.

I'm betting that this country wants real change.

Out of the darkness comes hope.

Out of the manure that is Con Canada, spring the finest flowers...

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Anonymous said...

If "Holy" Joe Atkinson were alive today, he'd be proud of his paper and he'd also have used the paper as a platform to tongue-lash Stephen Harper for all his misdeeds.

prin said...

Supporting the NDP- the financial post clearly doesn't. :(

Simon said...

hi Torontonian...I've always admired the Star for its principles, and I give thanks that the biggest circulation paper in Canada is a liberal one. And yes...if Joe Atkinson was alive today, the general tone of the Star would be a little like my blog... ;)

Simon said...

hi prin... I try not to read Corky Corcoran because he's nothing but a tool of Big Business...and sooooo BORING. I only hope that when the Revolution comes, he will be sentenced to pick turnips all day, because it takes one to know one... ;)

Atlanta Roofing said...

It has been an exciting election because it has seemed anything is possible. In fact, it has never been more clear that an election campaign is designed to get a party (re)elected and absolutely NOT to debate policy issues and ideas in the light of day. We need to maintain multi-party choice in Canada and we need more professional journalists shining light in the dark corners.