Strength in Democracy party

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TiradeFaction
Strength in Democracy party

So there's basically been little to no discussion in the media or on this forum about the Strength in Democracy party, despite it having the same seat count as the Bloc and the Greens, so I figured I'd create a thread about them. Discuss!

Mr. Magoo Mr. Magoo's picture

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So there's basically been little to no discussion in the media or on this forum about the Strength in Democracy party, despite it having the same seat count as the Bloc and the Greens

Maybe that's because neither MP was elected under the banner of the "Strength in Democracy" Party.

Would you like to discuss the two individuals in question, and the parties under which they were actually elected?

TiradeFaction

Mr. Magoo wrote:

Would you like to discuss the two individuals in question, and the parties under which they were actually elected?

Two individuals, sure.

Respective former parties? Nope. Already plenty of discussion on the Bloc and NDP here. Unless it directly relates to the party in question, of course.

Mr. Magoo Mr. Magoo's picture

But these two left the Bloc and the NDP... feel free to talk about that.

But let's not talk about how the electorate supports the Strength in Democracy Party, when in fact the electorate hasn't.

And actually, is it true there's been little to no discussion of them on babble?  I distinctly recall having a LOL at a Francophone party endorsing its third member in Peterborough.

Ken Burch Ken Burch's picture

TiradeFaction wrote:

So there's basically been little to no discussion in the media or on this forum about the Strength in Democracy party, despite it having the same seat count as the Bloc and the Greens, so I figured I'd create a thread about them. Discuss!

That's because, after Monday night, the SID(should we even bother giving them an acronym?, if so, it's a good thing they didn't call themselves "Strength THROUGH Democracy")won't have a seat count.  It was just a Bloc MP and an NDP MP defecting from their old parties as attention-getting behavior.  I doubt either of them even thought they'd get re-elected after that.

progressive-patriot

I don't actually blame the media for ignoring "Strength in Democracy".  Frankly, I can understand the departure of Jean Francois Fortin from the Bloc, Mario Beaulieu was a disaster, but from what I heard Jean Francoise Larose only bolted because he was facing an uphill nomination battle.  Mannon Perrault had been expelled from the NDP caucus after being found guilty of mischief.  More like an island of misfit MPs than a real party. 

If anything, it probably would've been smarter for Fortin to have sat as an Independent and then rejoined the Bloc after Duceppe returned, rather than starting up a new party. In terms of existential purpose, it was difficult to tell what the point of the FeD was.  Their platform was vague, they stood for "social democracy" (like the NDP), "regionalism," and "direct democracy"....  Apparently, they weren't sovereigntist even though they were founded by a sovereigntist..  It was never totally clear if Fortin had abandoned sovereignty or not.. 

The party never seemed to make any sense, and if anything became a leaky life raft for ejected, misfit MPs.  Seeing as how none of the FeD MPs had been elected under that banner in the previous election, I don't really blame the media and polling companies for having ignored them.  Had they been included in opinion polls, it would've confused voters.  They weren't even running that many candidates.  I suspect that the FeD will either disband itself before 2019 or join the ranks of Canada's many fringe parties who never surpass 1% of the popular vote.  

Overall, they remind me of the Progressive Canadian Party or the United Party, sort of an "all things, to all people" party that doesn't really have an existential point to its existence.  At least the Communists, Libertarians, Christian Heritage and the Canadian Action Party passionately believe in something.

 

 

lagatta

I don't agree about the Progressive Canadian Party; it wanted to be a home for old-fashioned "Red Tories", but it was out of step with the political alignment when it was founded. It certainly had a purpose, though its purpose was probably past its best-beore date.

bekayne

progressive-patriot wrote:

Jean Francoise Larose only bolted because he was facing an uphill nomination battle

For some reason he ran in another riding, and got only 134 votes (0.24%). That has to be some sort of world record for a legislator, doesn't it?