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Ed Broadbent is Back! Spring Break!!

janiecakes

TRIBE Member
From the Star:

Broadbent returning to politics
Former federal NDP leader may run in Ottawa Centre



OTTAWA (CP) - Former federal NDP leader Ed Broadbent is expected to announce his return to politics at a news conference Thursday.
Broadbent, who led the party to its strongest national showing ever during the 1988 federal election before resigning a year later, intends to seek the NDP nomination in the downtown riding of Ottawa Centre, sources say.

Pressure has been growing on Broadbent, who lives in the riding with wife Lucille, to re-enter politics and give an extra boost to new party leader Jack Layton.

And Broadbent, 67, recently admitted the idea interests him.

"The political case for me is not a problem, not at all - quite the contrary," Broadbent said in an interview this week.

"So it's just sorting out the personal matters and reaching a conclusion."

Political observers have said Broadbent, who succeeded on a platform of pragmatic and compassionate politics, would add a layer of credibility to the party which has been struggling for years.

His candidacy would also set the stage for a major political showdown in the next election, expected in the spring.

Richard Mahoney, an Ottawa lawyer and longtime confident of Prime Minister Paul Martin, recently won the Liberal nomination in the urban riding that mixes university students, working-class families and well-off bureaucrats.

That suggests major Martin forces would be marshalled to combat Broadbent and the NDP, who will likely campaign on a platform that Martin is too right-wing.

There have been several recent signs that Broadbent, who was elected seven times in the blue-collar Ontario riding of Oshawa-Whitby, is planning to re-enter the political arena.

The New Democrats have been deluged with thousands of e-mails encouraging his return. An Internet website - www.edbroadbent.ca - is under construction by NDP officials. And the party is abuzz with anticipation about luring the high-profile candidate on board.

Just weeks ago, Broadbent all but dismissed the idea of returning. But a subsequent wave of support, including the backing of Layton, made his candidacy a real possibility.

"There are a lot of friends and people I don't know, both within the riding and from across Canada, in fact, who are urging me to run," Broadbent acknowledged.

Broadbent served as NDP chief from 1975 to 1989 and led the party to an electoral zenith in 1988, with 43 seats.

He has remained active in social and human rights issues since then.

More than a decade ago, he was appointed as the first president of the International Centre for Human Rights based in Montreal.

And almost two years ago, he helped form the Canadian Democracy and Corporate Accountability Commission which brought together business and labour to improve corporate responsibility.

His candidacy isn't a sure in thing in the Ottawa Centre riding, vacant since the recent appointment of Liberal MP Mac Harb to the Senate by retiring Prime Minister Jean Chrétien.

Broadbent faces one other rival for the NDP nomination from Paul Dewar, a teacher and union representative. Dewar is the son of former Ottawa mayor and longtime NDP activist Marion Dewar.

The prospect of Broadbent's return, however, does not impress some political observers.

"It's a gallant gesture, Ed, but don't be looking to be getting back in to the House of Commons," said Heather MacIvor, a political scientist at the University of Ottawa.

Broadbent does not have the sort of powerful base in Ottawa that he built on the strength of the Canadian Auto Workers in industrial Oshawa, she said.
 

Subsonic Chronic

TRIBE Member
Was Ed Broadbent one of the candidates for NDP federal leader or did I just imagine that?

For some reason I remember him campaigning against Layton along with the others... but what do I know? Maybe it's all the hippy patchouli and pot smoke clouding my memory.
 

416

TRIBE Member
Originally posted by Subsonic Chronic
Was Ed Broadbent one of the candidates for NDP federal leader or did I just imagine that?

For some reason I remember him campaigning against Layton along with the others... but what do I know? Maybe it's all the hippy patchouli and pot smoke clouding my memory.
Nope. I beleive Broadbent tossed his support behind someone in the last campaign... but I can't remember who. I kinda remember being annoyed about it cuz I'm all about Layton and Broadbent... and I'm pretty sure he wasn't supporting Layton.

Anyway, Broadbent is a pimp. He was the Fed. NDP leader when the NDP was at it's peak.
 
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AdRiaN

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I'm sure the NDP will have as much success by bringing back Ed Broadbent as the Conservatives did in bringing back Joe Clark.
 

Brandon

TRIBE Member
I still remember an old Royal Canadian Air Farce skit where the punchline was, "Hi, I'm Ed Broadbent!"
 

Subsonic Chronic

TRIBE Member
You never know... with the way the conservative parties are tanking right now (PC is reduced to nothing and Alliance are trying to criminalize homosexuality), I wouldn't be surprised if NDP became the official opposition in the next election.
 

kerouacdude

TRIBE Member
Originally posted by AdRiaN
I'm sure the NDP will have as much success by bringing back Ed Broadbent as the Conservatives did in bringing back Joe Clark.
funny, that was my immediate thought when I first heard the news. It's great in a nostalgiac way, but like the snotty professor said in the article, prob. not going to amount to a hill of beans.
 
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janiecakes

TRIBE Member
Originally posted by AdRiaN
I'm sure the NDP will have as much success by bringing back Ed Broadbent as the Conservatives did in bringing back Joe Clark.
I'm totally beating you up!
 

kerouacdude

TRIBE Member
looks like Dennis Mills may leave - hopefully. That'll be good news for Layton too.
Kinda takes away from making the rounds across the country when you're in a dogfight for your own seat.
 

416

TRIBE Member
Originally posted by kerouacdude
looks like Dennis Mills may leave - hopefully. That'll be good news for Layton too.
Kinda takes away from making the rounds across the country when you're in a dogfight for your own seat.
That would probably be the best thing for the liberals.

I live in that riding. In my opinion, nobody has a chance against Layton there. Nobody has any ill will towards Mills, but I'm pretty sure he'd get crushed, making it look like the NDP was gaining serious momentum. The Liberals will probably shift Mills to another riding and put a stiff in there... that is if Mills plans to run.

He was complaining this summer to the press about getting no extra funding from the party for the upcomming campaign... so it kinda looks like the party is telling him to pack it in... and he might not be too pleased about it.

I actually think he's got a decent track record... but I'ma be towing the party line next year for sure.
 
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416

TRIBE Member
Originally posted by AdRiaN
I'm sure the NDP will have as much success by bringing back Ed Broadbent as the Conservatives did in bringing back Joe Clark.
That's possible, but Broadbent had (and probably still has) about 1000x more public appeal then Clark ever did.
 

Chris

Well-Known TRIBEr
Originally posted by 416
That's possible, but Broadbent had (and probably still has) about 1000x more public appeal then Clark ever did.
says who?

I don't recall Broadbent ever being elected to Prime Minister do you? What was his best, a mere 40 and bit odd seats in the House and that's it.


I don't see how this news will change anything about the NDP. They are far too radical, and yesterday's policies to gain much support to win an election, let alone Official Opposition.


"Mr. Layton isn't exactly a big hit so far. He has no seat, the media are starting to ignore him, he is not pulling together the disparate groups on the left and, with his stiff suits and page-boy ties, he looks too much like a Glad Bag salesman.

But the demands are hardly high. To become leader of the Opposition, all he may have to do is get within a dozen seats of Ed Broadbent's best showing."-Lawrence Martin Globe and Mail.
 

416

TRIBE Member
Originally posted by ChrisD
says who?

I don't recall Broadbent ever being elected to Prime Minister do you? What was his best, a mere 40 and bit odd seats in the House and that's it.
Says opinion polls at the time. The last time he led the NDP he was the most popular of all canidates.

You know how our political system works, don't you?
 

janiecakes

TRIBE Member
Originally posted by 416
Nobody has any ill will towards Mills, but I'm pretty sure he'd get crushed, making it look like the NDP was gaining serious momentum.
I thought there was a campaign against Mills because he didn't support gay marriage. Your riding has the second biggest gay population in Canada, I'm sure there's nuff ill will towards Mills!
 

416

TRIBE Member
Originally posted by janiecakes
I thought there was a campaign against Mills because he didn't support gay marriage. Your riding has the second biggest gay population in Canada, I'm sure there's nuff ill will towards Mills!
Whoa! Really?

I didn't know he was taking that stand.

Ya, he's toast if he runs for sure. My own street has nuff same sex couples on it, most of whom have kids!
 
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AdRiaN

TRIBE Member
Originally posted by 416
That's possible, but Broadbent had (and probably still has) about 1000x more public appeal then Clark ever did.
That's debateable ... but irrelevant. Both of them are yesterday's politicians, and reviving a dinosaur to move your party forward is not a formula for success.
 

416

TRIBE Member
Originally posted by AdRiaN
That's debateable ... but irrelevant. Both of them are yesterday's politicians, and reviving a dinosaur to move your party forward is not a formula for success.
You know, Chretien has been called "the dinosaur" quite a few times.
 

kerouacdude

TRIBE Member
Originally posted by 416
Says opinion polls at the time. The last time he led the NDP he was the most popular of all canidates.

You know how our political system works, don't you?
People thought Ed had integrity it's true, but let's not forget when he was most popular, the other leaders were named Mulroney and John Turner. Had Uncle Bobby been leader at the time, he may have been more popular than those two.

And "most popular" was kind of a backhanded compliment too- a way of saying he doesn't offend us coz he hasn't had the opportunity to do anything to offend us (unlike the other two, or Trudeau and Clark).

Having voted in '88, I think the 44 seats were a special set of circumstances - it was the free trade election, and the Liberals never seemed all that comfortable with opposing it (plus people had generally had their fill of 'em)

And as long as we're living in the past, Mills actually beat Layton in the early 90's. He'd lose this time, but he wouldn't get "crushed".
 

mercure

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Actually, I've seen results from a rolling internal poll that we (that is, the NDP) have been doing in Toronto Danforth. Based on the results, which have been getting better monthly since Jack was elected leader, he would actually crush Mills.

And the 88 results under Broadbent (43 seats), were a partial result of the free trade issue. But the NDP didn't gain seats because the Liberals were so half-hearted. In fact, it lost seats because the Liberals were seen as more focussed on free trade than the NDP. I'm not super-keen on loking backwards in politics, but I think this is a big positive for Jack and for the party. Broadbent is a great guy and a terrific politician. He'd probably have done a lot better in 88 if the backroom boys at the time hadn't redirected campaign strategy away from the anti-free trade message.
 
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