What is to be done

Five days after posting, my little election missive has had over 6,000 page views.  And more than 60 commenters have posted, all passionate and articulate, a great many very angry and almost all calling for change.

I’m happy that Brian Topp, the NDP campaign manager, was one of the commenters.    He is the first to admit publicly that the NDP brain trust made “serious strategic mistakes”.

That admission was necessary but obviously unofficial and inadequate.

As a result of the campaign mistakes, the people of BC face at least 16 consecutive years of a corporatist government whose raison d’etre is the accumulation of wealth for a few with little regard for the many.

People will be hurt.  Our natural environment will be plundered. And regular folks will have to make do with even less. Personally, I expect that most everything that I value from government will come under fire.

And Alex Tsakumis is right.  Watch those around Clark go from apparatschiks to millionaires.  The hands will be well rewarded.

The next four years will be ugly and brutish.  They will make the last two years look like the good old times.

This is not the fault of voters, or non-voters or pollsters or some of the other fall guys people are throwing around.  Responsibility for this rests solely with Adrian Dix and his brain trust.

What went wrong?

In a sentence, Dix decided he wanted to “change politics” more than people’s lives.  And now he will do neither.

Only politicians and wannabes want to change politics (that includes me).  Voters and non-voters alike want to see change in their lives. Politics makes up very little of their lives – a thought or two a month, maybe a vote every few years, often not even that.

Regular folks want their lives and the lives of their family members to be more prosperous, more healthy, less stressful.  They want more opportunities and fewer obstacles.  They want those who have to take less from those who have too little.  They want government to help them and not obstruct.

They rarely think about politics and politicians except to say that that politicians have generally got it pretty good and why do they fight so much?

Going into the election these people were very pissed off at the BC Liberals.  They saw them as a bunch of liars and cheats who were looking after their own instead of the province.

They were right.

All they wanted was a government that put them first again, would stand up for their priorities and clean up the mess left by the old bunch.

If the Dix campaign had spoken to New Democrats and potential New Democrat voters contrasting the government’s record with those voters’ needs, Adrian Dix would be premier.

Instead Dix spoke about his own interests to the wrong voters, neglecting any critique of the BC Liberals.   Therefore he isn’t.  Premier, that is.

In fact, I would argue that neglecting the critique of the Liberals means he is so damaged he never can be Premier.

What is to be done?

I see enormous obstacles but a clear path to a win in the 2017 election (God, that date sounds terrible).


The first step is change.  The BC NDP needs new leadership who will stop thinking about their own needs and start listening to the needs of the voters, particularly the ones they have now and the ones they need to win.

Unfortunately, Adrian Dix is not that leader.  He’s badly damaged and now lacks the credibility to change. He has also shown that he is too intransigent.  Over the past two years he did not listen to advice and concerns about his campaign.  Through the election he was slow to recognize when the concerns turned to serious problems and was unable to bring himself to change the plan enough to perform better.

I don’t believe he’s changed.  But what I think isn’t really that important.  What is more important is that the NDP doesn’t have the luxury of waiting around to see if Adrian Dix can change and then demonstrate that to potential voters.

The BCNDP needs to make change now.  More of the same even for a short time means the party isn’t interested in listening and is comfortable with losing.  The BCNDP needs an interim leader and a leadership contest sooner rather than later just to show that they get it.

Restore the critique.

The second step is to step up the opposition game.  The BC NDP blew 12 years of government criticism, a referendum defeat and the resultant 20 point lead in the polls.  They need to get that back.

That means rebuilding a critique of the current government.  That’s hard work.  It requires putting resources into opposition research and spending less on caucus members’ various and currently useless policy whims.

It also means having a plan and a message.  Does this new caucus notice how the Liberals have a message about the NDP that they repeat over and over?  Do they notice that it works?  Do they have the discipline to recognize they need the same?

If they don’t they will never win.  And if they don’t want to win, they are in the way.

Find your voters and speak to them about their issues not yours

The third step is to start figuring out which voters they need to win and how to reach and engage them so they turn out and vote.

I always wondered why Christy Clark changed her mind on the HST referendum and decided to run a government campaign in support of keeping the HST.

But then I thought about the important role played by Campaign Research in both the HST campaign and the BC Liberal campaign.  The voters key to Liberal success in this election campaign voted for the HST in the referendum campaign.

From the HST campaign and the data they gathered, Campaign Research knew where to find potential Liberal voters and how to reach them.  Getting those voters to turn out disproportionately in a low turn out election was critical to the Liberal’s success.

Dix’s team went the opposite route.

More women vote for the NDP than not.  They are critical to NDP success and tend to be interested in health and education, in kids and their future.  This time around the NDP ran on economics and pipelines.  They ran a guys campaign, for and about guys, by guys.

They abandoned women and women abandoned them.  Smart women, not-so-smart BCNDP.

From the polls, the NDP knew going in that more voters were on their side than not in this election.  But either they weren’t interested in finding them and talking to them about the issues and messages they care about or worse, they didn’t notice they were failing.

The NDP campaign actually drove the down the NDP vote about 3%, almost 10% of their 2009 result.

Lots of modern techniques exist to figure out how to change that, how to find voters and engage them.  But going into this campaign you couldn’t teach an NDP strategist a thing.

I’ll bet anything that the platform was never tested with target voters, that ads weren’t tested and there was no mechanism for engaging our voters in an unbiased, ‘let’s hear the good and the bad’ way.

If there was a danger it would conflict with their campaign plan, the campaign leadership didn’t want to hear about it.

It seems to me the Dix campaign didn’t just think it didn’t need to listen.  They were afraid to listen because they couldn’t bear any dissent.  That’s not a way to win a campaign.  It’s also not a way to govern.

Hopefully someone is listening now.  If not, welcome to 20 great years of BC Liberal rule.

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36 Responses to What is to be done

  1. woodie says:

    I agree that Adrian Dix needs to step aside and there needs to be another leadership race.Then the new leader needs to come out swinging,right away.One thing I notice that the federal MP’s do is after the question period ,the leaders come out and talk to the media.That needs to happen everyday and he should be pointing out the Liberal fallacies,everyday for the next 4 years.There has been, and I expect there will be much more ammunition if you will, to be used,that Adrian Dix never talked about and it needs to be pressed home everyday without relenting .

  2. Mira says:

    Bang on, as always.

  3. SPY vs SPY says:

    Thanks for speaking the truth about this campaign. I have been to few NDP conventions and here are some suggestions. the first person who speaks for 30 minutes about xxxxx ( and who isn’t a logger from Prince George) gets thrown out.

    I would strongly suggest that the NDP send out an e-mail that lists every BC Ministry and asks people to list the top 10 issues with respect to each Ministry.

    Then we need a BC NDP Leader who is the meanest, dirtiest, back alley street fighter to lead the Party. People expect Politics to be a Blood Sport!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  4. John says:

    I’ll be surprised if Dix steps down.

    If he was going to do it, election night would’ve been the perfect time.

    I think we’re screwed.

  5. Sandra says:

    insightful as always Ian…thanks for saying what many of us are thinking…and you said so much better!

  6. Leah says:

    Great column Ian, thanks for helping bring about change. Or trying to.

    I tend to agree with John – I don’t think Adrian is going to step down, in fact it wouldn’t surprise me to see things within the NDP hierarchy turn really ugly now as those with clear vision attempt to start the cleansing. I won’t be taking out another membership until I see the brain trust removed, starting with Moe Sihota and working on down…and I know I’m just one of many.

    Note to the NDP backroom folk: This ain’t the 70’s. What worked then, won’t work now…the world has changed, peoples perceptions have changed. Clean out your little viper’s nest and reconnect with us…or spend the rest of your days looking back and remembering when…

  7. Rod Smelser says:

    Not one of your better efforts, Ian.

  8. Hurtlander says:

    Maybe Dix is waiting around for the absentee ballots to be counted before he makes up his mind about stepping down. Its been suggested that the advanced polls have yet to be counted as well, I don’t think this is true, but if they are also yet to be counted things could change.

  9. G. Barry Stewart says:

    Leah, I respectfully disagree with your belief that Adrian Dix will not step aside.

    I met Adrian several times during the campaign and I sensed that he has a good dose of humility — unlike Christy Clark.

    When I saw him in Hope after midnight on May 14, I asked him if I could shake hands with the next premier.

    He obliged with the handshake, but warned that the win wasn’t a sure-thing.

    I’m sure Adrian was deeply shocked by the loss and needs some time to collect his thoughts. I have faith that his humility and desire to do the right thing for the party will lead him to step aside… while keeping his MLA position.

  10. Shelley says:

    It may be politically useful for Adrian to hang around for a bit. He needs to be able to tow the barge of anger and discontent out to sea and go down with it, leaving a clean slate for the next Leader to work with. The party needs to exorcise the demons; have it’s bloodletting, and then he must, of course, go. Patience.

  11. Cameron says:

    I think Leah’s comment to the NDP to “…connect with us…” is spot on. I’ve been trying for two years to volunteer with the NDP because I think the conservative ownership of the levers of power federally and provincially is destroying my country, but for some reason none of my emails or phone calls to them are returned (although I do get asked by email to donate on a regular basis). This I find bizarre and scary – it tells me I don’t have the royal jelly or whatever it takes to be noticed by them. So I won’t be giving them any money either until I see that they are really trying to connect with people.
    I think we desperately need the NDP, or something like them to govern, but I’ve come to believe that without fundamental change within that organization they will continue to fail the people who depend on them, as they did this time, and as (I predict) they will again in the next federal election.

  12. Ole Nielson says:

    For the life of me I couldn’t understand why Dix didn’t hammer the Liberals when he had one opportunity after another. His position on practically everything was “neutral”. I thought to myself that he should be demonstrating to the electorate that he had a very clear and decisive position on the issues most important to voters. Instead he sat back and became a spectator.
    Last summer I sent Dix an email asking him what his position was on the Enbridge Pipeline. It was weeks before I received an acknowledgement thanking me for my interest but not answering my question. Then, FINALLY Dix made a public announcement that he was against the pipeline. But the question remains – why did it take months of fence-sitting before declaring his position? It was at that moment that Dix lost my vote.

  13. luigi says:

    When a person has the stockpile of ammunition that Adrian had, and won’t use it, you have to wonder about 1) his political smarts, 2) his ability to lead, 3) the people he has around him, and 4) his killer instinct. I don’t believe Adrian exhibited much in any one of these areas and so should step aside so the re-building can begin sooner rather than later.
    I do believe John Horgan has the abilities needed to lead the party to success.

  14. Following an election with a low voter turnout there is often a bunch of discussions on Cross Country Checkup or local radio stations about making it mandatory to vote. I’m dead opposed to that. Forcing people who are too lazy and stupid to take an interest in what the government that controls their lives is doing to vote can only make a bad situation worse. In fact, anybody who doesn’t already know how they are going to vote 2 years before an election should be banned from voting since they obviously aren’t paying attention and are incapable of casting an informed ballot.

    Regarding the problem of stuffed ballot boxes at nomination meetings when a candidate like Adrian Dix hires the “Rent a crowd” from the local Sikh Temple or whatever group to arrive (literally) by the bus load with membership cards paid for by somebody else at the minimum rate to overwhelm the “regular” long time members by ten to one, and then disappear never to be seen again, one of the solutions to this is to require anyone voting at a nomination meeting to have been a member in good standing for at least the previous two consecutive years. That would stop these last minute fake member sign-ups like the 5000 or so “members” that Dix and his supporters literally showed up with at the last minute of the party leadership race to push him over the top, with people literally stapling $5 bills supplied by Dix’s financial backers onto the applications, meaning that the would-be “members” didn’t even put up their own pathetic $5. None of those people should have been allowed to vote. Dix did the same thing in 2005 at his riding association nominating meeting.

    As a members since CCF days, I have attended a lot of nomination meetings. Sue Hammell, a big Dix backer, parachuted herself into one of the safest seats in the province in the ’90’s in the same manner. I was talking to some of the previous riding executive who all resigned in protest, and they were telling me busloads of people no one had ever seen before were arriving, many of them pulling out Socred membership cards by mistake since they didn’t know or care what meeting they were at: they were just given a name to vote for by their local priest or whatever and loaded onto the bus at their temple and off to the nomination meeting.

    As a person who usually donates at least $100 a year for my membership, I get pretty pissed off when the same $100 buys 20 fake votes for some slimy unprincipled opportunist crook who parachutes his or herself into a riding and takes over a nomination meeting with a “rent a crowd” whether it is Sue Hammell and Adrian Dix in the NDP or Russell Hiebert parachuting himself into the safe Conservative seat in White Rock.

    No wonder the voters didn’t trust Dix. Who would or could?

  15. off-the-radar says:

    thanks Ian, the usual great article (and some very interesting comments too).

    If Mr. Dix is waiting for the absentee vote on May 27 to be counted before taking his next step, there needs to be some interim communication with NDP supporters and volunteers.

    Something personal and heart felt from the MLA or candidate to acknowledge the hard work of all the volunteers and the deep disappointment.

    Isn’t this obvious? that it’s about maintaining relationships and respecting supporters?

    There was people volunteering who had bad backs, people who were door knocking on e-day until their feet blistered, seniors who scrutineered for 12 hours straight, kids coming in after school and many many other examples of people who came in and helped out when it would have been far easier to sit at home.

    After ten emails a day to nothing, c’mon. (Although a canned response from HQ would be worse than nothing, this needs a personal touch).

    And when Mr. Dix resigns, he should email every NDP supporter, thank them and apologize.

  16. Hawgwash says:

    An excellent, excellent post mortem.
    Yes, I blame Dix.
    Yes, I think he should go.
    Yes, I think Sihota should be gone as well.
    Yes, I believe the NDP did an abysmal job as opposition.
    Yes I believe Horgan would have been a better choice as leader.

    The overwhelming majority of voters are ill informed, don’t take the time to be so and don’t hang out in political blogs. The same names appear in the comments of all the blogs and while I like what I read, the news is still only reaching those who are already engaged.

    When the likes of Stephane Dion, Suzanne Anton, Gregor Robertson, “TOM” Mulcair, Sam Sullivan, Justin Trudeau, Rich Coleman, Christy Clark and yes, Adrian Dix are the best we can find, the blame lies squarely at the feet of we the people.

    Unless the NDP moves from mediocrity to serious contender, I am afraid they will be in opposition for more than the next 4 years and…I wonder if that is where they secretly prefer to be. Collect the pay without having to really get the bib overalls dirty.

  17. Arleigh Chase says:

    I, respectfully, disagree with you, Ian. It’s impossible to win a rigged election if it isn’t rigged in your favour.

    Mr. Dix’s greatest mistake in this campaign was naivete. He was on a steep learning curve that he didn’t master fast enough and back room operatives like St. George’s old boy, Moe Sihota, who know better didn’t bother to step in and explain how real world politics work. Wasn’t Christy Clark kicked out of SFU after attempting to win a student election by rigging the vote? Maybe there’s a psychological pattern here of being willing to do anything, go along with any plan to win?

    Again, I go back to Mr. Toop’s partnership with Ken Boessenkool, former Christy Clark Chief of Staff, one of the most trusted and powerful positions in the Liberal chain of command. This partnership is akin to a scenario where Al Gore suddenly decided to hire a “fired” Dick Cheney as campaign adviser. Get real. Allegiances do not change that thoroughly that quickly. And Ms. Clark never really repudiated Mr. Boessenkool in any significant way, no angry denunciations, just a resigned tone of disappointment when she announced his firing. He, obviously, was still “inside the tent”, still considered loyal because otherwise he would have been subject to the Liberal smear machine.

    This campaign was really only about two issues for the powers that be in this province: avoiding a B.C. Rail inquiry and the RCMP’s corrupt practices within that “investigation” and ensuring that the Enbridge pipeline gets built. Adrian Dix was way too big a threat on both counts.

    I understand that the RCMP’s unofficial spokesmodel and “conservative” blogger is insinuating in his usual florid prose that several NDP members are attempting to spark this corrupt police force into doing their job and opening up an investigation into the hijacking of this election. They’re wasting their breath in this attempt. Instead I would recommend a close examination of Mr. Toop’s phone logs and NDP expensed cell phone bills, cross referenced with the narrative structure of the campaign, i.e. when the Liberal campaign began to be reported as gaining momentum who was Mr. Toop calling? Also look at Vaughn Palmer’s columns. He was remarkably prescient in predicting Ms. Clark’s comeback. Then pursue a private prosecution.

  18. Arleigh Chase says:

    I need to add a correction to the above post. I was referring to Mr. Topp, not Toop.


  19. simo says:

    Risky Dix…the libs gave us lots of warning what the strategy (or stagedy as Chretien used to say) was going to be. The ndp response was he’s not risky he’s a nice positive guy… true, but it’s a big scary world. The libs played the only card they had (it’s the economy stupid); the braintrust should have seen the steamroller coming

  20. Don F. says:

    We are all so wise now? I voted NDP in this election and I would vote that way tommorrow. Are the people so blind they couldn’t se where the reason was or the common sense? We watched the campain unfold, are we blind now to what we saw?

  21. noor says:

    Don F., it’s people like you who sail on without question that get us in trouble. Why the hell would you continue to support a party that is not smart and is not interested in helping the citizens of BC? Do you have no criticisms of the NDP? Have you not read the posts of people who tried to help the NDP win but got nowhere with the self-regarding, self-interested elite of the NDP brain trust, such as it exists?

    Ian, you said, “Lots of modern techniques exist to figure out how to change that, how to find voters and engage them. But going into this campaign you couldn’t teach an NDP strategist a thing.” and “If there was a danger it would conflict with their campaign plan, the campaign leadership didn’t want to hear about it.”

    Great observations, but it’s far worse than that. Never mind not wanting to hear any dissenting views about how to run the campaign, the NDP don’t want to even hear concerns from citizens about many things hurting British Columbians today. And when they’re forced to listen to concerns, the only response from the NDP has been meaningless lip service. Apart from occasional hyperbolic empty media statements, NDP MLAs literally ran and hid whenever we tried to get help for seniors. This has been going on for years, not just in run-up to the election.

    The Libs are there to line the pockets of their business pals and the NDP are there to line the pockets of their labour pals. “Labour” by the way does not equate to “citizens”. There are many ordinary citizens who are neither union members nor business elites. There is no party out there whose only interest is the well-being of BC citizens, except maybe the Greens and they’re as yet untested in any major way.

    I have voted NDP in the past, but this time I knew that the NDP would be no different than the Libs. Why? For one thing, Dix told us so. He said he’d do the same as the Libs, only better and slower… Worse in my view, is that the NDP are so in lockstep with unions that it clouds every inch of their party. We couldn’t get them to lift a finger to help seniors who were being harmed by health care providers, all unionized and protected from punishment. That’s not a party that should ever be elected to represent the “people” of BC.

    Ian, you are a (the?) clear-eyed exception in the musty and corroded BC NDP. Keep the words coming, we need your intelligent, hard-hitting insight. I wish there were more like you out there.

  22. Don F. says:

    noor, I assure you that I don’t sail through anything and I certainly don’t accept blame for getting us into trouble! Am I to understand from you I should now get behind the Liberals? If not then i don’t really understand your point?
    Hindsite is wonderful and as I stated We are all so wise now.
    For whatever reason we are where we are now and we must deal with that.

  23. noor says:

    Don, the point is that BOTH the Liberals and the NDP are harming BC. They’re too concerned about their own pals to be trusted. Political parties are by and large simply corrupt, and so is the public service, unions and authorities. It seems ethics and decency don’t exist anymore. Or maybe it is true that power corrupts, absolutely. While there are people who I think are decent capable people in those parties and I’m sure there are some in public service and other position of authority, we don’t see or hear from them, do we? All too willing to go along to get along, and that means they are accomplices to the rape and pillage of our assets and our citizens’ well-being. So, I took exception to your blithe excusing of the NDP. All we all so wise now, after the election? No, some of us in the trenches of life have become wise some time ago. The writing was on the wall that the NDP are not the saviours that people think of them as. They’re just a vehicle through which their base (unions) can gain power. Just like the Liberal party is a vehicle through which their base (business) can maintain power. We need to hop on both these parties, all of them actually, and pound the hell out of them metaphorically speaking, until they start to respect the power of the people. Simply saying, “I’d vote for them tomorrow.” gives the NDP a undeserved, and dangerous, out. It placates them, when just the opposite is required. That’s what Ian was trying to do, and why I took exception to your comment. The NDP are not the friend of the people, and maybe they will never be anything but a union party. If so, they ought to say so outright, and not hide behind the “we’re nicer” label. Not nicer for citizens in need.

  24. Don F. says:

    noor, thanks for taking time to explain further. We are not eons apart with our thoughts. I am very angered by Mr. Dix’s failure to call the Liberals to task in the debate, B.C. Hydro, the ferry system, B.C. rail. John Horgan’s abyssmal failure to the people as Energy Critic. I agree that the alternative does not exist that we would hope for in this province. I had hoped for an NDP win based on the promises put forth of inquiries into B.C. rail and B.C. Hydro and pipelines crossing our province. I understood that we would have to fight to have them deliver on these and fight i intended to do. I am dissapointed that none of this will now happen.
    I agree thoroghly with Ian’s point that Mr. Dix decided to try and change politics over the needs of the people and for that we will suffer.
    I guess to sum it all up, where I saw a glimmer of hope, I now see hopelessnes with this outcome.
    Again Thanks

  25. David Findlay says:

    Terry Lawrence is 100% correct. The party has been corrupted by the king makers of Surrey with their bags of instant members and bags of cash. Only a party corrupted by self-serving MLAs and appartchiks would put forward the likes of Carole James and the forger Adrian Dix as leader. Dix must resign. Sihota must resign. Jan O’Brien must resign. Brian Topp must not be allowed west of Ontario ever again. The membership must amend the rules concerning membership at the convention in November.

  26. kootcoot says:

    “The writing was on the wall that the NDP are not the saviours that people think of them as. They’re just a vehicle through which their base (unions) can gain power. Just like the Liberal party is a vehicle through which their base (business) can maintain power. “

    I would like to point out that while the above may be true, at least “dirty, nasty, greedy” unions represent the interests of more people than the corporate elite or the 1% who are served and catered to by Christy’s liaRs and Slimey Steves ReformatoryCons. Besides after over thirty years of constant attack starting with Reagan, Thatcher and Mulroney, unions are virtually irrelevant on both sides of the 49th and in the UK. I totally expect hard won “once” rights like a forty hour work week, workplace safety standards and any expectation of a living wage are sliding away already.

    Amazingly I saw Con Senator Hugh Segal promoting a federally administered guaranteed income to eliminate poverty, especially among the working poor. I thought that idea had died sometime in the seventies. He pointed out it would bring the poor into a position to actually participate in the economy and eliminate so many overlapping services like provincial welfare programs and also pointed out it would likely cost ONLY 30 Billion, which is peanuts compared to the over 600 Billion the feds ponied up to prop up the banks in Canada in 2008.

  27. RS says:

    Okay Noor you’ve done your best to convince some (?) that neither the BC Liberals or the BC NDP have deserve to govern, so let’s look at the list of alternatives: Marijuana, Excalibur, Communist, Advocational, Libertarian, BC Party, Your Political, Christian Heritage, Unparty, BC Vision, Helping Hand, Social Credit, Platinum, Work Less…

    Missing any? Oh yeah, BC Conservative and Green, both who stand as much chance or merit to govern as the fringe elements noted above.

  28. Kevin Logan says:

    What is to be done?


    Turf the Trots?


    Maybe simply A Modest Proposal?

  29. rosesandthorns says:

    Well the final numbers are finally in:
    Lib 44.14%
    NDP 39.71%
    Grn 8.13%
    Con 4.76%

    Noor, the NDP was going to get rid of union and corporate donations. Your idea that this party exists only for unions is way overblown. It just is not true. They represent working people, some of which are union members. Who is out there trying to stop temporary foreign workers in BC? Unions, and they are spending their own money, how horrible of them.

  30. Kevin Logan says:

    Harper percentage of the popular vote that delivered the 2011 majority government


  31. e.a.f. says:

    For the first time in decades we saw an opposition leader running his A game. Tuesday Mulcair delivered. He delivered again Wednesday. The supporting crew did a decent job also,. they brought their A game. We in B.C. haven’t seen an opposition A game since the days of Barrett, Harcourt, and Glen Clark. If the NDP is ever going to be the majority party in B.C. they need to do some work. When they ask questions in the leg. the ought to stay away from their “speeches” and ask questions, and if inappropriate answers are given, go at it again, and again, and again, until the lieberals give the answers.

    The shadow cabinet NDPers need to be on top of the ministries they are supposed to “shadow’. They need researches to do the work. Find out where every penny goes and doesn’t go. McPhail and Kwan did more work when they were the only 2, than the current MLAs do and they have money, staff, and researchers. Have constituancies do grass route work. Have consitituancy committees which look into things. We are now at a point where we have so many retired people and unemployed young people and computers it is not difficult to do the research.

    I just read AGT’s blog about the “disappearing” monies. Over $200Billion gone to NGOs of some sort which do not actually provide services. The NDP should have been all over that, like ugly over an ape. Many of us would volunteer to meet and research specific areas and report out. It is nice to have ethnic outreach but the money might be better spent organizing constituencies to do research.

    As to future caimpaigns, perhaps some one could find Gerry Scott. He used to be very good at caimpaigns, both internal caimpaigns and election caimpaigns. Having Dix as party leader may or may not change things. Dix is part of a team. The front bench team could include Farnsworth, Eby, Horgan, James, Heyman, and a few others. Leave some like the Shane Simpson at home. Hasn’t done much of anything except talk on t.v. and not accomplished anything. When these people come out of the leg., when it sits, have them be prepared to handle the press in an assertive, informative way, citing the problems of the day the lieberals did not deal with, how they avoided answering questions.

    How the lieberals gang got back into office, with all their scandals, is beyond me. Some may argue it was the dog whistle theory, but I’d agrue, the NDP had an obligation to ensure the dog whistle wasn’t heard because the NDP had a bigger, louder, and more sensible whistle. Whether Moe S. is the president of the NDP or not isn’t going to depend upon whether we win or loose. Most people don’t even know who he is anymore. I couldn’t tellyou the presidents of the other parties.

    When Harcourt was elected leader of the NDP I remember him saying in 1000 days he would be premier and the NDP would form government. He set a goal, kept coming back to it and achieved it. Glen Clark had a goal to become leader and then get elected premier. He did it. He had a clear articulated goal that every body in the party understood. Everybody brought the A. game. Lst few years the A game hasn’t been their. Layton brought his A game to the election and look hwo well it worked. But every leader has to have a different A game because no two leaders are alike. These leaders have to inspire their members.

  32. Kevin Logan says:

    Didn’t Topp say he was gonna bless us with insight after the leader spoke?

    Silence is sorta deafening eh?

  33. off-the-radar says:

    What we’ve got here is a failure to communicate . . .

    are any ordinary supporters and volunteers hearing anything? nada for me and several others I checked with.

    Are the NDP inner circle assuming that we don’t have any other choices?

  34. Gord Ballard says:

    Bang-on analysis, Ian. You captured my thoughts completely. If the NDP is serious about wanting to govern this province, they need to get Mike Farnworth as leader…the man who should have been pick last time and who is the overwhelming choice of your average British Columbian.

  35. jasmine says:

    Along with Adrian Dix, please, please, please take Carol James. This campaign smacks of here ‘nice’. When I saw that she was greatly involved in the campaign, the first thing I told people was this: The NDP will lose, just as they did while James was in charge. However, I do think that there are people that are working with the liberal, real bottom feeders that orchestrated this upset. It is clear as day to me, and hopefully after the revelations this week coming out of the US of A about the data mining of our info, and knowing that there are data mining companies out there that and in their own words can gain so much knowledge that they are able to find out where you live, for hire, it would not surprise me at all that these guys cheated. After all, they had millions of dollars to spend. People are so naive about what these tech companies can do.

  36. Joe says:

    Now that the election is over I can say that I never thought Adrian Dix had the right stuff after watching him on the TV debate. And now I read in the comments on this site that he had busloads of East Indians brought in to secure the NDP leadership. Well it does not bring confidence because it is not democratic. The sad part is that the NDP had two potential leaders who could have won – namely John Horgan or Jenny Kwan. You have to discount Jenny because she is from China so who knows where her loyalties really lie. That leaves JH; well spoken, good sense of humour, camera friendly and knows his stuff – but Dix won by busing in one time supporters who were told to vote by their religious leaders.

    About the only thing you otherwise soft headed ringy-dingy political thingies here have right is that the people of BC do not have a party representing them, so cue the violins as we lose the rest of what could have been a great COUNTRY.

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