A Conservative from Manitoba told the Free Press Wednesday that finding someone willing to run for the party leadership won’t be easy because they don’t want to become the next target for NDP campaign chair Michael Balagus.
On election night, the NDP were going around talking about the fairness of winning 63 per cent of the seats with 46 per cent of the vote because it’s how the first past the post system works.
Ironically six months ago, it was the federal Conservatives who benefitted from a years-long smear campaign against Liberal Leader Michael Ignatieff. Before the election, the federal NDP spent many a moment complaining about the unfairness of first past the post.
The irritating problem with this is that it simply ingrains in voters the idea that politicians are all the same and it doesn’t matter who gets elected because they all behave the same way anyway.
I’d be willing to bet that the same Conservatives provincially who complain about the NDP hack job on McFadyen were quite fine with the federal attacks on Ignatieff. And I’d be willing to bet the same NDPers who complain about the federal first past the post, haven’t been so unhappy with how that system works for them in Manitoba.
Hypocrisy in politics is one of the worst offences because of its serious impact on civic engagement.