And here, all along, I thought it was just the conservatives and liberals who were dumb. Now I find out that the new democrats are just as dim. Robin Sears, one of the chief apologists for the new democrats admitted in the Toronto Star the other day that the NDP were just as stupid as the conservatives and liberals in how they choose their party leaders.
Since the conservatives are always the last to admit their own stupidity, it will have to be the liberals and new democrats who will be the first to fix the problems.
After all, I would expect that Jagmeet Singh saw how Barrie member of parliament, Patrick Brown, lined up thousands from the Indian diaspora in Ontario to win the Ontario conservative leadership. There was nothing to stop Singh from going to the same diaspora, mainly in Ontario and British Columbia, when seeking the federal new democrat leadership. And it worked, didn’t it?
I am not privy to the reason the conservatives used to toss Brown out of the federal conservative leadership race when he started signing up the same Indian diaspora as Singh used. I think what worried the conservative leadership was not that Brown was acting as a stalking horse for John Charest but he might accidently win against Pierre Poilievre.
As it was, Poilievre won easily despite the idea of having all political ridings treated as equal. Anyone who would promote such a dumb idea as that does not know much about Canadian politics. Poilievre would have dominated all the Alberta ridings and most of the Saskatchewan but from there he would have had to have a lot of volunteers working the phones to get out his vote in BC and the eastern provinces.
He obviously did as he won handily.
But the problem is that the party membership lists need a lot of work to cut back the lists to meaningful memberships. The parties all need workers and contributors and need not waste much effort on people signed up in hopes of a leadership vote.
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