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Boom Boom

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Re: Electoral Reform in Ontario
« Reply #75 on: January 24, 2010, 09:50:01 PM »
But Layton had the Sponsorship Scandal killing the Liberals - that's as much a benefit as the Free Trade talks, right? And Dion and the Carbon Tax. Why hasn't he done better given these gifts?

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Re: Electoral Reform in Ontario
« Reply #76 on: January 25, 2010, 10:59:55 AM »
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But Layton had the Sponsorship Scandal killing the Liberals - that's as much a benefit as the Free Trade talks, right? And Dion and the Carbon Tax. Why hasn't he done better given these gifts?

Broadbent was leader in 4 elections, 3 of which he returned fewer seats than Layton has in the most recent election.  Layton has taken the NDP from 13 seats (when he became leader) to 37 seats now.  Broadbent went from 16 (when Stephen Lewis stepped down) to 43 in the Free Trade election.  The next election could see the NDP pick up some more seats yet.

Don't get me wrong - there are mistakes Layton has made.  But he has done very well given the context he is working in.  And there were plenty of scandals during the Trudeau and Mulroney years also.
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