NB politics pot pourri 3

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Caissa wrote:

Cardy is probably joining the PCs.

And he's running for them:




Jennifer McKenzie, who tried to move the New Brunswick NDP back to its socialist roots, has resigned as party leader, a day after members voted to hold a leadership convention before the end of August.


In a statement Monday, McKenzie said she was resigning "effective immediately."


On Sunday at Moncton's Darts Club, 95 delegates took part in the vote on whether to hold a leadership convention.

The vote was close, with 52 in favour and 43 against, said Danny Légère, who holds a labour seat on the NDP provincial council. He said the results of the 2018 election definitely affected the leadership review. 


From the same article:

McKenzie campaigned on a return to the NDP's socialist beginnings, promising universal childcare, pay equity, home care, better nursing home ratios and pharmacare.

This was a shift from what former leader Dominic Cardy pushed for. He alienated some people by endorsing the Energy East pipeline and distancing himself from unions. He's now a minister in the Progressive Conservative government.


In 2018, the NDP received more than 19,000 votes provincewide, a 60 per cent drop from 2014 and its worst result in a New Brunswick election in 44 years.  

Okay technically those are socialist policies but it isn't Socialism. I am glad they are to some extent because Medicare is popular and it is socialist. But in the context of this article they seem to be blaming "Socialism" for the NDP's losses. Nothing in the article supports that argument. I think it is more likely the Energy East issue. Or maybe voters didn't like her. I just don't like the inference that her socialist positions were the reason for the loss without some sort of supporting information.