May the REAL NDP please stand up

The Winds of Change have hit the current NDP. Contributed by K. Fisher  – Full disclosure, my vote usually flip-flops between Liberal and Conservative depending on the official mandate of the Party.  In the 2020 Toronto Centre By-election, it was apparent the Conservatives were not running a qualified candidate. So, what was a slightly right-of-center minded voter left to do? Vote for the most qualified person should always be the right thing to do. The most qualified was a chap named Paul Saguil.  But the Liberals betrayed and punted him at the last minute in order to run Marci Ien. Mr. Saguil had even sent out post cards letting voters know he would be the Liberal candidate. Mr. Saguil is a very qualified first generation Canadian, and lawyer heading up the Anti-Money Laundering task force for a big five bank. Pretty impressive but the Liberals chose a media darling celebrity and kicked Saguil to the curb. A very successful tactic that the Federal Liberals used when they abandoned running highly educated/ qualified leadership hopefuls in favour of a media darling. Perhaps an open minded voter could have looked at Annamie Paul of the Green Party and would have seen an impressive, highly educated (a Master’s from Princeton), highly accomplished (working in the International Criminal courts), etc.  The right thing to do, for Toronto and our immediate community, should be to vote for the most qualified person in the Election!

Regrettably, a tragic betrayal occurred when the NDP chose not to return a favour offered them two years ago. What favour is that you ask? Think back to when the talented Elizabeth May was the leader of the Green Party. The Stephane Dionne Liberals, out of respect for an Opposition leader, purposely did not run a candidate against the Green Party and paved the way for Elizabeth May to earn a seat in the Parliament.
In early February 2019, prior to the General Election, Jagmeet Singh was running in the Burnaby South bi-election. In that bi-election, the Green Party continued the cordial tradition, as originally offered to them, and did not run a candidate against Jagmeet Singh to give him a foot in the door. Jagmeet wins and goes to the House of Commons.

Back to our 2020 bi-election in Toronto Centre triggered because Bill Morneau had joined the ranks of scorned senior Liberal Cabinet ministers and quit Trudeau in protest.  It was not his involvement with WE Charity that did him in.  Rather it was that he as the Finance Minister could not fathom the fiscally irresponsible budget, even by traditional Liberal standards, that he was asked to table. So we have a bi-election and there is a new leader of the Green Party running and that was Annamie Paul. An extremely strong, dare I say overwhelmingly qualified candidate who was the new leader of the Green Party. We know what happened next. The NDP went against tradition and actually ran a candidate against Paul! The NDP did not return the favour to Annamie Paul that was extended to their own leader Jagmeet only a year and a half earlier.  The NDP took 16% of the vote and the Green Party lost by 8% in Toronto Centre.

Atrocious, shameful, hypocritical, Jack Layton rolling in his grave (RIP), petty, selfish, cowardly and pathetic are all descriptive words that come to mind. I think is shows the true stripes of the current NDP…and by extension the new ‘progressives’ in the party.

I guess that’s politics. All I know is that the current NDP shocked me and showed itself to be self-serving frauds with no respect for building mutually beneficial working relationships or process.  They seem completely disconnected from their traditional founding roots. If they were interested in what was best for Canada and Canadian politics, they would have done the right thing, followed the honourable tradition that they gladly accepted for their own benefit. They should have allowed the best person to run and win and supported an Opposition party that could have helped them on my issues.  They should have gotten out of the way. The candidate the NDP ran was nothing more than a 3rd tier underqualified seat warmer and Toronto could have had a truly powerful and accomplished leader, representing this ward in the House of Commons. That would have been a win for everyone in Toronto Centre including even the Conservatives.

I voted for the best candidate and it felt good. Shame on the current desperate NDP.

TwitterGoogle+FacebookLinkedInDiggStumbleUponBlogger PostDeliciousShare

Other News


Meet BGC Toronto Kiwanis!

It’s official. Toronto Kiwanis Boys and Girls Clubs has become BGC Toronto Kiwanis. Not to be trendy. Not because it’s shorter or catchier. But because Clubs across the country open their doors to all … [Read More...]

Photo credit: Ramos Visuals

Cabbagetown Fashion – Hoodie

Let me introduce myself. I am Lenka, born in Slovakia, living in Cabbagetown since 2009. I love fashion, photography, and baking. I have been around fashion since I started modeling as 14 years old. … [Read More...]


The CAN Fund #150Women – BE EPIC

Jane was a promising track athlete before a devastating car accident ended her athletic career. Jane turned this traumatic life lesson into supporting athletes on their journey to be the best in the … [Read More...]



  CANADA’S PLACE FOR MUSIC & COMMUNITY HUB -The local planning group of the International Resource Centre for Performing Artists (IRCPA, a service organization for Canada’s … [Read More...]


The Gentle Treasure Hunt #2

On the lookout for art that looks out on the street. Article and images contributed be Ed Drass. Trapped between cabin fever and depressing distractions? Then tuck this paper into your vest and bolt … [Read More...]


A Special Garden Sign

Contributed by Heather Wilberforce, with Catherine Tammaro. Have you ever wondered about the sign that stands inside the Winchester School Children’s Garden? It was designed with Green Thumbs Growing … [Read More...]

May the REAL NDP please stand up

The Winds of Change have hit the current NDP. Contributed by K. Fisher  - Full disclosure, my vote usually flip-flops between Liberal and Conservative depending on the official mandate of the Party.  … [Read More...]


Romanesque Revival ON Winchester St

There is a lot written about the dance theatre on Winchester Street. Many of us have been there for events, community meetings and taken our kids to dance classes. However, there is remarkably little … [Read More...]

War vs Covid

Contributed by Duncan Fremlin. For the first time in our lives, death has not so quietly infiltrated our day-to-day consciousness.   The daily news feed has become routine - “4724 new infections,  29 … [Read More...]


Should You Apply?

For Both Long Term Disability (LTD) Benefits and Canadian Pension Plan Disability (CPPD) Benefits? YES! Contributed by: Tony Lafazanis – Personal Injury Lawyer Many people are … [Read More...]


Peer Support Responder

A community initiative by Heart2Heart CPR that provides FREE training and supplies to people likely to encounter opioid poisoning. Written by: Nick Rondinelli, Owner of Heart2Heart … [Read More...]


Cabbagetown Cares

A unique partnership between the Cabbagetown BIA, Dixon Hall and St. Luke’s United Church Contributed by Rick Matthews, Executive Director of the Cabbagetown BIA The idea for ‘Cabbagetown Cares’ … [Read More...]

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *