In case you didn't get enough on this: http://www.chapters.indigo.ca/books/How-We-Almost-Gave-Tories-Brian-Topp/9781552775028-item.html?ref=Search+Books%3a+%2527James+Patterson%2527
Impressive and important demos this weekend, not incidentally. I wrote a few words about 'em here: http://www.theglobeandmail.com/blogs/brian-topp/a-turning-away/article1442519/
The NDP staggers from election to election, becoming less relevant each time. Why? Because, I suggest, it has become less associated with the ideas that appealed to its base from the beginning, and less successful at selling them to the electorate at large.
Since my dust-up with Bob Rae back in 1993, the entire relationship between labour and the NDP has changed. Many of the unions that disagreed with my criticism of the party and my support for strategic voting have come to recognize that the old model of strict affiliations to the party is out of date, and even the attitude of the Canadian Labour Congress toward the NDP has cooled noticeably.
I had the opportunity recently to talk to Elizabeth May, leader of the Green Party of Canada about her party, its policies, its electoral chances and its place on the political landscape in Canada. As always, Ms. May was articulate, enthusiastic and pretty straight forward about the challenges she faces. When she took over the leadership in August 2006, the Greens had high hopes from the high-energy former head of the Sierra Club.