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PostPosted: Wed Jul 29, 2009 8:29 am
 


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NDP Leader Jack Layton speaks with CTV News Channel in Toronto, on Sunday, July 12, 2009.

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EDMONTON -- If at first you don't succeed, run, run again.

Alberta has historically been somewhat infertile ground for the federal NDP, but leader Jack Layton is hoping that "perseverance and determination" will lead the party to improve on its one-seat standing in the next federal election.

Layton was in Edmonton on Monday to see former Alberta NDP leader Ray Martin and aboriginal activist Lewis Cardinal acclaimed as the party's candidates in Edmonton East and Edmonton Centre.

Cardinal is new to the federal party but despite his long service as a member of the Alberta legislature - he led his party to win 16 seats in the 1986 provincial election - Martin has tried and failed to be elected in three different federal votes dating back to 1997.

That doesn't discourage Layton, who remains upbeat about NDPer Linda Duncan's squeaker of a win - by a 463-vote margin - over four-term Tory incumbent Rahim Jaffer in 2008.

"We often find that our candidates run two, three times before they win," said Layton, noting that Duncan's victory came on a second try.

"We think that Linda Duncan's breakthrough in the last election was the start of something big."

He said that last time around, there might have been a sense among Alberta voters that NDP candidates wouldn't have a chance, so why waste the vote?

"Now that Linda has won a seat, I think that's changed. And I think people will now say, 'look at that. We can elect a federal NDP member to stand up for us and that's a good thing and we're going to get behind them.' It's a growing process.".....


Well good luck with that, as it's certainly going to be an up hill battle.

Although he also has some nice things to say about Alberta as well:

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"We've supported this growing movement in Alberta to say there shouldn't be more (oilsands project) approvals until there are well-conceived, thorough plans in place to determine how the consequences will be addressed," he said.

"You'll have the Liberals and the Conservatives supporting what appears to be a kind of untrammelled approach to as rapid development of the tarsands as possible, whereas you'll have our party calling for a different and more responsible approach, thinking more about the long-term legacy for Albertans and Canadians and the environment."

Asked if that stance might be unpopular with voters in a province that has reaped significant economic benefit from the oilsands, Layton pointed out that Alberta has also been a leader in the development of wind power; that Edmonton has been a leader in municipal recycling; and that Calgary has used wind-generated electricity to power its transit trains.

"I've often found that Albertans are far more thoughtful than the eastern press gives them credit for," he said.

"I don't accept the proposition that Albertans are simplistically just gung-ho about pushing the foot down all the way on the accelerator for the tarsands and the consequences be damned."


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Oh and if this is already somewhere else in the forums/news, sorry... I looked everywhere I can think of but didn't see this.


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Hey, I'm on vacation right now so I'll be brief. It is true that perseverance is key. There are examples all over of people who have had to run several times before getting a chance.

And for some of us, we're still waiting ;-)


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back_blastnet wrote:
Hey, I'm on vacation right now so I'll be brief. It is true that perseverance is key. There are examples all over of people who have had to run several times before getting a chance.

And for some of us, we're still waiting ;-)


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Well Darrell Dexter just won the NS provincial elections and is now running the show here for the first time in NDP / NS history.... it's possible.

The Cons and Libs screwed over NS one too many times and Darrell running the NDP here as main opposition for the last number of years seems to have proven he diserves a chance here to see how he runs the province.

No End of Days yet, so so far so good.


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