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. 



New date is  June 6, 2020 - they mention up to 10 interested candidates! Is that real? does anyone in NB or the Atlantic know any names? and can start to share more about any of the potential candidates? Looks like campaigning can start now. 



I hope Jean-Maurice Landry jumps in to build the party from the Acadia-Bathurst area first 


There were no large movements in the December Narrative poll compared to September in New Brunswick. The Greens are third with 21% (up 3%) and the NDP is up 4%, but only to 7%.

If an election were held today, New Brunswickers indicate the PCs would garner the highest level of support, at 37%, which is consistent with results from August 2019.  The gap between the PCs and the Liberal Party is now six points, with the Liberals sitting at 31% of decided voter support (compared with 29% in August).

This quarter sees the highest proportion of decided voters who say they would vote for the Green Party, with 21% indicating this choice, compared with 18% this summer. The New Democratic party holds onto 7% of the decided vote (compared with 3% in August), and the People’s Alliance of New Brunswick drops five points, down to 3% from 8% last quarter.

On the question of which party leader voters would most prefer as premier, Higgs maintains his command of the leadership ratings with 27% support (compared with 29% in August), while the newly minted Kevin Vickers of the Liberals garners 21% of the vote, up 5 points since August. Green Party leader David Coon holds onto 17% of residents’ favour, down 4 points, followed by 7% for Kris Austin of the People’s Alliance of New Brunswick. Interim NDP leader MacKenzie Thomason received 4% of the vote.