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Saturday, December 22, 2007

saturday morning funnies.

I usually prefer Get Fuzzy, but Brian Mason's strip was pretty funny this morning...

The NDP would reopen the divisive debate on royalties if it wins the next the next election, Leader Brian Mason said today.

7 comments:

Kat Hay said...

I'm somewhat surprised you found this as the "interesting" NDP piece for the morning. Personally, I liked the other one more.

Anonymous said...

I suppose in "Dave's World", a place not unlike DisneyLand, it is completely unreasonable for the leader of the NDP, who have only 4 seats, to talk of a possible victory.

And yet it's entirely reasonable for Dr. Taft to talk of victory, despite having only 16 seats...

The NDP actually having a position on the royalty rates, which is something Taft's Libs do not, will help to reverse those two seat counts this spring.

Anonymous said...

Which 38 seats does Brian Mason think he's going to win in the next election?

sam said...

"I suppose in "Dave's World", a place not unlike DisneyLand, it is completely unreasonable for the leader of the NDP, who have only 4 seats, to talk of a possible victory."

In this case I think "Dave's world" mirrors Alberta pretty closely. The NDP don't have a possibility of victory in Alberta. Period.

Kuri said...

By that logic, only the Cons should ever talk about what policies they'd implement in government.

I didn't know you covered the unreflective, partisan chest-beating beat.

Anonymous said...

Most New Democrats aren't under the illusion that their party is going ot make any substantial breakthrough in Alberta. Mason is just saying what he is supposed to say.

Anonymous said...

"The NDP actually having a position on the royalty rates, which is something Taft's Libs do not, will help to reverse those two seat counts this spring."

This is interesting. I think the Liberal position is vague and poorly communicated, but they do have one.

But, really, what is the NDP position? The news article today says that "Mason favours increasing royalty rates by at least 20 per cent, as recommended in a government task force report", but at other times they talk about a much higher take. We know the NDP wants higher royalty rates, but exactly what they want isn't clear at all. I looked on the NDP party and caucus websites, but couldn't find an indication of what their policy actually is (for one thing, most of the links on those sites are broken). Most of the press releases on royalties are instead attacks on the Conservatives and Liberals for accepting corporate donations.

I'm not defending the Liberals' weak position, but the NDP's stand on royalties seems to be just as vague.