Saturday, May 21, 2011

That Ethnic Vote

This article from The Star on what the CES is showing about how new Canadians voted is pretty interesting.

The common wisdom is that the Conservatives were successful in creating an impressive coalition of voting groups to give them a majority, and immigrants have been a part of that coalition according to opinion leaders. It's something that's bothered me, this idea that there's something awe inspiring about the CPC targeting efforts. That being tough on crime, anti-tax, and generous with pork is some sort of magical formula dreamed up by wunderkinds coming out of the Manning Centre. We're all supposed to be very impressed with the ability of the CPC to tap into the Tim Horton's crowd, despite the transparency and obviousness of the whole thing. Anyways, the CES is suggesting that in the one area where the CPC was doing something interesting, with immigrants, their efforts weren't particularly successful.

As is suggested in the Star article this presents an opportunity for Liberals. All is not lost. If they can hold on to the immigrant vote, that provides a solid base that will ensure the party's survival over the next decade (not that I buy the odd notion that the Liberals are at risk of vanishing). So the Liberals should get out those notebooks and start coming up with policy ideas and substantive attacks on the CPC to strengthen their position with new Canadians.

Unfortunately policy doesn't seem to be a priority at the moment. Liberals have inevitably been sucked into insider party politics and organisational debates that have certainly started to alienate this fence sitter. I suppose if you're going to have this kind of slap fight, better now than later, but it's certainly not fun to watch, nor is it likely to attract any new members or lead to any sort of renewal.

1 comment:

  1. Note that the Fraser Institute, joined at the hip with the Conservative Party, has just insulted immigrants by "proving" that they're all parasites who cost more than they're worth. Someone ought to ask Harper what he thinks of the latest production of his favorite think tank. Not that they'd get an answer.