Saturday, February 09, 2008

Daveberta Smears NDP


Daveberta the liberal blogger thinks he has found a scandal in the NDP calling for an end to corporate and union donations to political parties in Alberta. He reports in high dudgeon on his website that the NDP raised $100,000 from unions during the election campaign of 2004.

However the majority of funds raised during the campaign, as is usual with the NDP, came from individuals for a total of $180,529.35 slightly less than twice as much as raised from union contributions.

Something he fails to mention. Now why might that be?

Because unlike his former employer the Liberal Party of Alberta, the NDP gets the majority of its donations from individuals. And of course unlike the Liberals none from the big corporations in Alberta. So he has to pretend that union funding of the NDP is somehow scandalous.



2005
POLITICAL PARTY
CAMPAIGN RETURN
ALBERTA NEW DEMOCRATIC PARTY

SUMMARY OF CAMPAIGN PERIOD REVENUE AND EXPENDITURES
FOR THE PERIOD October 25, 2004 - January 24, 2005

CONTRIBUTIONS FROM CORPORATIONS

ALBERTA BUILDING TRADES COUNCIL INC. EDMONTON
$7,000.00
Cash


CONTRIBUTIONS FROM TRADE UNIONS
ALBERTA & NWT REGIONAL COUNCIL OF CARPENTERS EDMONTON $1,000.00

Cash
ALBERTA & NWT REGIONAL COUNCIL OF CARPENTERS EDMONTON $2,400.00

Cash


Subtotal:$3,400.00

AREA CNCL PAC STEELWORKERS TORONTO TORONTO - ONTARIO
$500.00
Cash
AREA COUNCIL C E P EDMONTON
$1,000.00
Cash
C A W CANADA

$8,000.00
Cash
C E C U EDMONTON
$1,000.00
Cash
C E P NATIONAL EDMONTON $4,000.00

Cash
C E P NATIONAL EDMONTON $7,000.00

Cash


Subtotal:$11,000.00

C L C EDMONTON
$10,000.00
Cash
C M P L

$5,000.00
Cash
C S U EDMONTON
$1,000.00
Cash
C U P E EDMONTON
$5,000.00
Cash
CANADIAN COUNCIL A T U

$2,500.00
Cash
DISTRICT # 3 U S W A BURNABY - B.C.
$500.00
Cash
EDMONTON FIRE FIGHTERS UNION EDMONTON $2,000.00

Cash
EDMONTON FIRE FIGHTERS UNION EDMONTON $2,000.00

Cash


Subtotal:$4,000.00

EDMONTON LABOUR COUNCIL EDMONTON
$750.00
Cash
IRONWORKERS LOCAL 720 EDMONTON
$3,000.00
Cash
LOCAL 1118 U F C W RED DEER
$500.00
Cash
LOCAL 183 U N A EDMONTON
$1,000.00
Cash
LOCAL 1900 C E P EDMONTON
$500.00
Cash
LOCAL 569 ATU EDMONTON
$3,000.00
Cash
LOCAL 6034 U S W A CALGARY
$500.00
Cash
LOCAL 855 C E P HINTON
$2,000.00
Cash
U T U EDMONTON
$1,500.00
Cash
UNITED ASSOC OF PLUMBERS & PIPEFITTERS - LOCAL 488 EDMONTON
$14,000.00
Cash
UNITED NURSES OF ALBERTA EDMONTON
$500.00
Cash
UNITED STEELWORKERS OF AMERICA PAC TORONTO - ONTARIO
$500.00
Cash
WORKERS UNION TELECOMMUNICATIONS EDMONTON $10,000.00

Cash
WORKERS UNION TELECOMMUNICATIONS EDMONTON $50.00

Cash


Subtotal:$10,050.00

YELLOWHEAD LABOUR COUNCIL HINTON
$500.00
Cash

CONTRIBUTIONS FROM EMPLOYEE ORGANIZATIONS
MEDICINE HAT LABOUR COUNCIL MEDICINE HAT
$1,500.00
Cash



But what daveberta does not he tell us is how much corporations donated to his former employer the Liberal Party of Alberta during the election campaign. Count all the oil companies. Which you will not find donating to the NDP. Which of course is the whole point ain't it Dave.And note the corporate donations to the Liberals far exceed the union donations to the NDP for the same election campaign.



2005
POLITICAL PARTY
CAMPAIGN RETURN
ALBERTA LIBERAL PARTY

SUMMARY OF CAMPAIGN PERIOD REVENUE AND EXPENDITURES
FOR THE PERIOD October 25, 2004 - January 24, 2005

CONTRIBUTIONS FROM CORPORATIONS
ALBERTA VIEWS CALGARY
$15,000.00
Cash
ALL WEATHER WINDOWS LTD EDMONTON
$500.00
Cash
AMEC INC OAKVILLE - ONTARIO
$2,500.00
Cash
ATCO GROUP CALGARY
$5,000.00
Cash
BELL WEST CALGARY
$3,000.00
Cash
BREWSTER TRANSPORTATION AND TOURS BANFF
$500.00
Cash
CANADIAN NATIONAL MONTREAL - QUEBEC
$3,000.00
Cash
CIBC TORONTO - ONTARIO
$5,000.00
Cash
COHOS EVAMY CALGARY
$1,000.00
Cash
DAVID B. ROSS PROF CORP EDMONTON
$500.00
Cash
DAVIS & COMPANY EDMONTON
$1,000.00
Cash
DON WHEATON LTD EDMONTON
$5,000.00
Cash
DOW CHEMICAL CANADA INC SARNIA - ONTARIO
$5,000.00
Cash
EDCO FINANCIAL HOLDINGS LTD CALGARY
$2,500.00
Cash
ENBRIDGE PIPELINES INC EDMONTON
$6,000.00
Cash
ENCANA CORPORATION CALGARY
$5,000.00
Cash
ESPRIT EXPLORATION LTD CALGARY
$1,000.00
Cash
FIELD MANAGEMENT SERVICES EDMONTON
$2,500.00
Cash
HOLE'S GREENHOUSES AND GARDENS LTD ST. ALBERT
$883.00
Valued
HUSKY OIL OPERATIONS LTD CALGARY
$1,000.00
Cash
JAMES A. BUTLIN PROFESSIONAL CORP CALGARY
$750.00
Cash
KATARINA O. STERLIND VANCOUVER - B.C.
$1,000.00
Cash
LAFARGE CANADA INC. CALGARY
$500.00
Cash
LOVINK MEDIA INC CALGARY
$3,300.00
Valued
MADACALO INVESTMENTS LTD CALGARY
$1,000.00
Cash
MANCAL PROPERTIES DEVELOPMENT INC CALGARY
$2,500.00
Cash
MANCAL PROPERTY VENTURES INC CALGARY
$2,500.00
Cash
MCDANIEL COMPANY INC. CALGARY
$500.00
Cash
MCNALLY CUMING RAYMAKER CALGARY
$2,000.00
Cash
NEXEN INC CALGARY
$5,000.00
Cash
NOVA CHEMICALS CORPORATION CALGARY
$3,000.00
Cash
OCTAGON CAPITAL CORPORATION CALGARY
$2,500.00
Cash
P.J. PERRY EDMONTON
$500.00
Valued
PETROVERA RESOURCES CALGARY
$5,000.00
Cash
PHS HOLDINGS EDMONTON
$500.00
Cash
PRECISION DRILLING CORPORATION CALGARY
$2,500.00
Cash
PRICE WATERHOUSE COOPERS LTD CALGARY
$1,000.00
Cash
RBC CAPITAL MARKETS CALGARY $5,000.00

Cash
RBC CAPITAL MARKETS CALGARY $5,000.00

Cash


Subtotal:$10,000.00

READ JONES CHRISTOFFERSEN LTD CALGARY
$500.00
Cash
REIMER LAW OFFICE CALGARY
$500.00
Cash
ROCKWELL SERVICING PARTNERSHIP CALGARY
$2,500.00
Cash
SCOTIABANK TORONTO - ONTARIO
$4,000.00
Cash
SUNCOR ENERGY INC CALGARY
$3,000.00
Cash
TD SECURITIES INC TORONTO - ONTARIO
$1,000.00
Cash
TORONTO DOMINION BANK TORONTO - ONTARIO
$1,600.00
Cash
TRANSALTA UTILITIES CORPORATION CALGARY
$2,000.00
Cash
TRANSCANADA PIPE LINES CALGARY
$5,000.00
Cash
WESTERN FINANCIAL GROUP INC HIGH RIVER
$1,000.00
Cash
WEYERHAEUSER COMPANY LIMITED VANCOUVER - B.C.
$2,000.00
Cash
WILL CALL OILFIELD SERVICES LTD SPRUCE GROVE
$500.00
Cash

Total: 99 Receipts

$206,496.74
Total Campaign Period Revenue $241,438.34


Corporate donations to the Liberals were twice as much as union donations to the NDP for the election campaign in 2004! Something dave forgot to mention.

During that campaign individual donations to the Alberta Liberals totaled $34,941.6 Ouch. Not even close to the individual donations the NDP raised, and this is the real reason for daveberta's faux outrage.

His party and former employer, relies heavily on corporate funding for their election campaigns. Unlike the NDP. And so his attempt to do a bit of political slight of hand, look over there NDP gets union donations. The reality is that if the NDP policy of no corporate or union donations was the law, it would hurt the Liberals more than the NDP. And it is a policy the NDP has adopted as provincial governments across Canada.

Daveberta was outraged that Ray Martin wrote a letter last fall soliciting funding from unions for this pending election campaign. However what he does not tell his readers is that the Liberals on an annual basis raise more funds from unions than the NDP does.

Here is the 2004 corporate donations the Liberals received, during their regular operational year. And lo and behold you will find unions donating to them. Including the Building Trades Council Inc. who donated more to the Liberals than they did to the NDP. And AUPE the provincial government union which did not donate at all to the NDP. And even personal donations from the Alberta Teachers Association president Frank Bruseker who was once a Liberal MLA.



BRUSEKER, FRANK AIRDRIE $500.00

Cash
BRUSEKER, FRANK AIRDRIE $100.00

Cash
BRUSEKER, FRANK AIRDRIE $20.00

Cash


Subtotal:$620.00

Total donations from unions to the Liberals for the operating year 2004 was $47,675, while total union donations to the NDP was $14,000. So sorry no the NDP are not being hypocrites, they are calling for legislation that daveberta and his Liberal pals fear because it would limit their corporate fund raising including from their pals in the union movement. If any party benefits from union donations more than the NDP it's the Liberals. Because they lack the NDP's financial support which is based on individual contributions.

Mind you the NDP benefits from more unions donating to it, while the Liberals rely on their pals in the Building Trades, ATA, and AUPE to support them. These are unions and associations aligned politically to the Liberals as their donations show.



2004
POLITICAL PARTY
ANNUAL FINANCIAL STATEMENT
ALBERTA LIBERAL PARTY



CONTRIBUTIONS FROM CORPORATIONS
AINSWORTH LUMBER CO LTD GRANDE PRAIRIE
$3,000.00
Cash
ALBERTA BLUE CROSS EDMONTON
$550.00
Cash
ALBERTA BUILDING TRADES COUNCIL INC. EDMONTON $2,200.00

Cash
ALBERTA BUILDING TRADES COUNCIL INC. EDMONTON $12,000.00

Cash


Subtotal:$14,200.00

ALBERTA FOREST PRODUCTS ASSOC INC EDMONTON
$550.00
Cash
ALBERTA MOTOR ASSOCIATION EDMONTON
$550.00
Cash
ALBERTA ROADBUILDERS & HEAVY CONST. EDMONTON
$550.00
Cash
ALBERTA VIEWS CALGARY
$15,000.00
Cash
ALLIANCE PIPELINE LIMITED CALGARY
$875.00
Cash
ALTAGAS SERVICES INC CALGARY
$525.00
Cash
AON REED STENHOUSE INC EDMONTON
$550.00
Cash
APEGGA EDMONTON
$550.00
Cash
ARTTEC ADVERTISING INC EDMONTON
$550.00
Cash
ASSOCIATED ENGINEERING ALBERTA LTD EDMONTON
$500.00
Cash
BOMBAY PALACE RESTAURANT EDMONTON
$500.00
Cash
BREWSTER TRANSPORTATION AND TOURS BANFF
$500.00
Cash
BURLINGTON RESOURCES CANADA LTD CALGARY
$1,200.00
Cash
CANACCORD CAPITAL CORPORATION VANCOUVER - B.C.
$1,750.00
Cash
CANADIAN ASSOCIATION OF OILWELL DRI CALGARY
$1,100.00
Cash
CANADIAN ENERGY PIPELINE ASSOCIATION CALGARY
$875.00
Cash
CANADIAN NATURAL RESOURCES LTD CALGARY
$1,100.00
Cash
CANADIAN PACIFIC RAILWAY COMPANY CALGARY
$550.00
Cash
CANADIAN SALT COMPANY LIMITED POINTE CLAIRE - QUEBEC
$1,000.00
Cash
CAPITAL PACKERS INC EDMONTON $500.00

Cash
CAPITAL PACKERS INC EDMONTON $100.00

Cash


Subtotal:$600.00

CARLYLE & ASSOCIATES EDMONTON
$550.00
Cash
CARMA DEVELOPERS LTD. EDMONTON $550.00

Cash
CARMA DEVELOPERS LTD. CALGARY $200.00

Cash


Subtotal:$750.00

COLLEGE OF PHYSICIANS & SURGEONS EDMONTON $275.00

Cash
COLLEGE OF PHYSICIANS & SURGEONS EDMONTON $525.00

Cash


Subtotal:$800.00

CORIL HOLDINGS LTD CALGARY
$2,000.00
Cash
DOUGLAS A. LYNASS PROF CORP EDMONTON $550.00

Cash
DOUGLAS A. LYNASS PROF CORP EDMONTON $350.00

Cash


Subtotal:$900.00

DRAGICH DESIGN EDMONTON
$850.00
Valued
DYNACARE KASPER MEDICAL LABORATORIES EDMONTON
$1,000.00
Cash
ENBRIDGE PIPELINES INC EDMONTON $2,200.00

Cash
ENBRIDGE PIPELINES INC EDMONTON $1,000.00

Cash


Subtotal:$3,200.00

ENER-WEST PROJECTS LTD CALGARY
$550.00
Cash
FIELD ATKINSON PERRATON MANAGEMENT EDMONTON
$2,200.00
Cash
FIRSTENERGY CAPITAL CORP CALGARY
$1,000.00
Cash
FWD STEP RESOURCES CALGARY $500.00

Cash
FWD STEP RESOURCES CALGARY $25.00

Cash


Subtotal:$525.00

GENERAL ELECTRIC CANADA INC MISSISSAUGA - ONTARIO
$1,000.00
Cash
GRAHAM GROUP LTD CALGARY
$1,000.00
Cash
HAMILTON HALL SOYES/RAY & BERNDTSON INC CALGARY
$1,000.00
Cash
HEMISPHERE ENGINEERING INC. EDMONTON
$550.00
Cash
HOLE'S GREENHOUSES AND GARDENS LTD ST. ALBERT $836.74

Cash
HOLE'S GREENHOUSES AND GARDENS LTD ST. ALBERT $50.00

Cash


Subtotal:$886.74

HUSKY OIL OPERATIONS LTD CALGARY
$2,000.00
Cash
IMPERIAL OIL LIMITED CALGARY
$3,500.00
Cash
IMPERIAL OIL RESOURCES LTD CALGARY
$3,500.00
Cash
INLAND LEHIGH CEMENT LIMITED EDMONTON $2,200.00

Cash
INLAND LEHIGH CEMENT LIMITED EDMONTON $1,000.00

Cash
INLAND LEHIGH CEMENT LIMITED EDMONTON $500.00

Cash


Subtotal:$3,700.00

J.E. (BUD) MILLER CONSULTING LTD KITSCOTY
$500.00
Cash
JAMES A. BUTLIN PROFESSIONAL CORP CALGARY $275.00

Cash
JAMES A. BUTLIN PROFESSIONAL CORP CALGARY $500.00

Cash


Subtotal:$775.00

K P ACCOUNTING & TAX SERVICES EDMONTON
$1,000.00
Cash
K P M G EDMONTON
$550.00
Cash
LOCAL #8 SHEETMETAL BENEVOLENT FUN EDMONTON
$750.00
Cash
LUSCAR LTD EDMONTON
$3,000.00
Cash
LUTHRA LAW OFFICE EDMONTON
$500.00
Cash
MANSELL PSYCHOLOGICAL CONSULTING SE EDMONTON
$500.00
Cash
MCDANIEL & ASSOCIATES CONSULTANTS LTD CALGARY
$500.00
Cash
MCNALLY VALUATIONS INC EDMONTON $550.00

Cash
MCNALLY VALUATIONS INC EDMONTON $350.00

Cash


Subtotal:$900.00

NEXEN INC CALGARY $550.00

Cash
NEXEN INC CALGARY $2,200.00

Cash
NEXEN INC CALGARY $12,000.00

Cash


Subtotal:$14,750.00

NICHOLAS PERELES PROF CORP CALGARY $1,000.00

Cash
NICHOLAS PERELES PROF CORP CALGARY $350.00

Cash


Subtotal:$1,350.00

NORTHLANDS PARK EDMONTON
$550.00
Cash
PARKER FORD & MACKAY SPECIALTY OPT EDMONTON
$550.00
Cash
PAUL ZIFF & CO NATURAL GAS CONSULT CALGARY $275.00

Cash
PAUL ZIFF & CO NATURAL GAS CONSULT CALGARY $250.00

Cash
PAUL ZIFF & CO NATURAL GAS CONSULT CALGARY $250.00

Cash
PAUL ZIFF & CO NATURAL GAS CONSULT CALGARY $500.00

Cash


Subtotal:$1,275.00

PCL CONSTRUCTION GROUP INC EDMONTON
$5,000.00
Cash
PETERS & CO. LIMITED CALGARY
$1,000.00
Cash
PHARMACISTS ASSOCIATION OF ALBERTA EDMONTON
$550.00
Cash
PIPELLA AND COMPANY BARRISTERS AND SOLICITORS CALGARY $550.00

Cash
PIPELLA AND COMPANY BARRISTERS AND SOLICITORS CALGARY $350.00

Cash


Subtotal:$900.00

QUALICO DEVELOPMENTS WEST LTD EDMONTON
$550.00
Cash
ROYAL BANK OF CANADA EDMONTON $1,100.00

Cash
ROYAL BANK OF CANADA EDMONTON $2,000.00

Cash


Subtotal:$3,100.00

SCHUMACHER & ASSOCIATES WETASKIWIN
$825.00
Cash
SCOTIABANK TORONTO - ONTARIO
$2,000.00
Cash
SECURITY LIFE AND INVESTMENT CALGARY
$400.00
Cash
SHAW COMMUNICATIONS INC CALGARY
$550.00
Cash
SHELLY'S ENTERPRISE LTD EDMONTON
$1,000.00
Cash
SUNCOR ENERGY INC CALGARY
$6,500.00
Cash
T. BOWEN & A. ROBERTS PROF CORP CALGARY $275.00

Cash
T. BOWEN & A. ROBERTS PROF CORP CALGARY $175.00

Cash


Subtotal:$450.00

TALISMAN ENERGY INC CALGARY $550.00

Cash
TALISMAN ENERGY INC CALGARY $5,000.00

Cash
TALISMAN ENERGY INC CALGARY $1,000.00

Cash


Subtotal:$6,550.00

TAURUS INVESTMENTS LTD EDMONTON $825.00

Cash
TAURUS INVESTMENTS LTD EDMONTON $1,000.00

Cash


Subtotal:$1,825.00

TECHNA-WEST ENGINEERING LTD EDMONTON
$550.00
Cash
TELUS EDMONTON $2,200.00

Cash
TELUS EDMONTON $2,200.00

Cash
TELUS EDMONTON $700.00

Cash


Subtotal:$5,100.00

TERASEN PIPELINES INC CALGARY
$1,225.00
Cash
THE COHOS EVAMY CALGARY $275.00

Cash
THE COHOS EVAMY CALGARY $275.00

Cash


Subtotal:$550.00

THE TORONTO DOMINION BANK EDMONTON
$2,200.00
Cash
THURBER ENGINEERING LTD EDMONTON
$550.00
Cash
TRARION RESOURCES LTD STONY PLAIN
$500.00
Cash
VINTERRA PROPERTIES INC EDMONTON $1,100.00

Cash
VINTERRA PROPERTIES INC EDMONTON $50.00

Cash
VINTERRA PROPERTIES INC EDMONTON $750.00

Cash


Subtotal:$1,900.00

WEYERHAEUSER COMPANY LTD EDMONTON
$550.00
Cash
WILL CALL OILFIELD SERVICES LTD SPRUCE GROVE
$550.00
Cash
WILLIAM E. SEVICK PROFESSIONAL CORP EDMONTON $550.00

Cash
WILLIAM E. SEVICK PROFESSIONAL CORP EDMONTON $500.00

Cash


Subtotal:$1,050.00


CONTRIBUTIONS FROM TRADE UNIONS
ALBERT & NWT REGIONAL COUNCIL OF CARPENTERS AND ALLIED WORKERS EDMONTON $1,000.00

Cash
ALBERT & NWT REGIONAL COUNCIL OF CARPENTERS AND ALLIED WORKERS EDMONTON $275.00

Cash
ALBERT & NWT REGIONAL COUNCIL OF CARPENTERS AND ALLIED WORKERS EDMONTON $1,000.00

Cash


Subtotal:$2,275.00

AUPE LOCAL 50 EDMONTON
$2,000.00
Cash
AUPE LOCAL 9 EDMONTON $500.00

Cash
AUPE LOCAL 9 EDMONTON $200.00

Cash
AUPE LOCAL 9 EDMONTON $10,500.00

Cash


Subtotal:$11,200.00

INTERNATIONAL BROTHERHOOD OF BOILERMAKERS IRON SHIP BUILERS EDMONTON
$15,000.00
Cash
INTERNATIONAL BROTHERHOOD OF TEAMST CALGARY
$500.00
Cash
INTERNATIONAL UNION OF OPERATING EN EDMONTON $3,000.00

Cash
INTERNATIONAL UNION OF OPERATING EN EDMONTON $750.00

Cash


Subtotal:$3,750.00



2004
POLITICAL PARTY
ANNUAL FINANCIAL STATEMENT
ALBERTA NEW DEMOCRATIC PARTY

CONTRIBUTIONS FROM CORPORATIONS
629075 ALBERTA LTD EDMONTON
$400.00
Cash
ALBERTA BUILDING TRADES COUNCIL INC. EDMONTON
$4,000.00
Cash
ALL WRIGHT INFOTECH EDMONTON
$600.00
Valued
LYLE S R KANEE PROF CORP EDMONTON
$420.00
Cash
P GILL CNC INDUSTRIES LTD EDMONTON
$500.00
Cash

CONTRIBUTIONS FROM TRADE UNIONS
AREA COUNCIL C E P EDMONTON
$4,000.00
Cash
C E P NATIONAL EDMONTON $1,000.00

Cash
C E P NATIONAL EDMONTON $5,000.00

Cash
C E P NATIONAL EDMONTON $4,000.00

Cash


Subtotal:$10,000.00


So nice try dave, guess all those blogging awards and the ensuing publicity you get now as a political blogger have gone to your head. Next time you try a drive by smear full of righteous indignation get your facts straight. And before making allegations about union influence over political parties look in your own back yard.



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7 comments:

Kuri said...

Good catch, Eugene.

Kyle G. Olsen said...

The point of Dave's post was not to show that the NDP is evil from getting union donations, just that it is hypocritical.

Truth is not a smear. If Mason really wanted to end union donations he would refuse them to fund this campaign!

Doing otherwise would be hypocritical.

Werner said...

Eugene,

You'd think the Liberals would have enough sense not to go after the NDP in a province where the social democrats are not likely to pick up too many votes anyway. Wouldn't pooling their efforts in this case make more sense? But that's the way the Liberals have always worked, though they did form a coalition of sorts with the NDP in Saskatchewan. I remember back in the seventies when R.A.G. (the old Regina Anarchist Group)was having a meeting at the University. We went for coffee and met a old security guard who knew something about the Makhnovists. I was really surprised. But he also said to us " I don't care if you are anarchists as long as you're not Liberals". That was funny. The particular brand of sleaze from these guys was a bit of joke in the west. Now of course we hope that the same people will start to see through the Harpies. Your dedicated efforts are helping this process along.

Cliff said...

"Truth is not a smear. If Mason really wanted to end union donations he would refuse them to fund this campaign!

Doing otherwise would be hypocritical."

Nonsense. Calling for such donations to be outlawed and promising to do so if elected in no way requires the NDP to give up such donations now.

Next you'll be saying that political parties that campaign for proportional representation should refuse to run in any election based on the first past the post system or refuse to take office and implement it if they win in one.

Daniel Owen said...

Ah, democracy. Beautiful eh? ;)

That's why I'm proud to say I'm against democracy 100 percent.

ARK said...

Good catch, yes.

The NDP-union connection is an old meme-chestnut that keeps coming up, surprisingly. Even anecdotally, in discussions, I've recurrently bumped up against this general and pervasive impression (even among sensible folks) that union or public money is tainted, but if it's corporate, then all right.

It's not conspiracy-mongering or lefty-nutjobby to speculate that this is a product of the bigger neoliberal consensus. I seldom hear the common sense observation that we have business sections in newspapers, but no such thing as a labour section... despite the fact that issues and demographics would justify such an editorial move.

But I'm pointing up the obvious, the nose on your face. Cheers.

eugene plawiuk said...

Kyle hypocrisy is Liberal policy.