In response to Adma's coments from last month, here is an amusing little youtube video about the evolution of Gary Goodyear...
Cambridge has always been and still is definitely a winnable riding for the CCF/NDP and the next elected New Democratic parliamentarian
will be receiving the torch from Mike Farnan, from Monty Davidson, from Max Saltsman, and from L. Grieve Robinson -- does anybody
This was in response to Adma's comments from last month:
When it comes to Cambridge, remember that it was Max Saltsman turf back in the 60s and 70s, and the NDP nipped the Liberals for 2nd in 1988--and provincially, it was Mike Farnan country during the Rae years, and Farnan even managed a very Alexa-era-credible 20% federal run in 1997.
(And when it comes to the "religious vote", remember that Farnan, a devout Roman Catholic, was part of the NDP's anti-Bill 167 "conservative caucus"--though that didn't stop him from supporting Gary Gibson provincially in 1999.
I'm sure there are a lot of "Farnan conservatives" among Goodyear's supporters, FWIW.)
So on balance, the NDP in Cambridge has actually been historically stronger than the Liberals
-- though that's shown signs of dissipating in recent years as Cambridge has grown more GTA-like in its new developments.
Indeed, it's a little wonky to claim that "the NDP have been trending up overall since 2000" in Cambridge,
in part because the NDP's tended to trend up overall all over Ontario since 2000, in part because 2000
actually marked a significant comedown from 1997 sans Farnan, and in part because a weaker candidate
led to a significant 2004-06 drop in share in Cambridge. So, until Max Lombardi's most recent surprisingly close 3rd place
finish, there might have been a valid claim that Cambridge was trending away from the NDP, by and large--and had Janko
Peric run again, Lombardi might well have been held back to a 2006-style result. And Lombardi's share, at 19.6%,
remained lower than that of Gary Price in 2004 and Mike Farnan in 1997. Still, even after all that I've said, I agree that it's a race worth pursuing.