Last night’s Manitoba Young New Democrats delegate selection meeting in the bowels of the U of W was pretty neat, if only because the meeting actually started on time, the votes were counted before midnight and there was some yelling.
The 250-or-so students had a little good-natured shout-off after Selinger and Ashton finished speaking, hoisting their signs and chanting each candidate’s name.
Ashton, as he is wont to do, did some high-octane pandering. He promised to reinstate the tuition freeze (bad policy), create an anti-racism bill (hello, free speech Charter challenge) and name himself the Minister of Youth (Orwell). But he is a firebrand speaker.
Selinger in his shirtsleeves was a bit more low-key. Everyone always calls him "professorial," which is true. But he got in some good laughs and slagged the Wall Street robber barons and did a little pandering to the next generation of leaders, too.
Oddly, Selinger got a round of claps for saying he’d end the tuition freeze but at least cap fee hikes, which made me wonder how many in the audience were "real" students and how many were Selinger workers primed to applaud on cue.