Jagmeet Is Destroying The NDP
November 1st, 2020 | RR
Jagmeet Singh has been an epic failure. There are few examples of an NDP leader being so weak, so timid, so obscenely compliant and outrageously pathetic. Anywhere Justin Trudeau goes, Jagmeet follows like a homeless puppy. Jack Layton, Thomas Mulcair, Ed Broadbent and Tommy Douglas would have never been able to comprehend the kind of loyalty Jagmeet Singh has been showing to Trudeau and the Liberals. Even when he tries to stand up to Liberals, it looks weak. Following a series of strong and charismatic leaders, Jagmeet Singh is setting a new standard for what it means to be a New Democrat. For the NDP and its members, it could mean the end of their party—unless a new leader takes charge.
Mulcair was known for pounding Stephen Harper into the floor during question period and many believe Mulcair was partly responsible for destroying Harper's image and helping him lose the election to Justin Trudeau. Mulcair's attacks were effective and devastating, but Mulcair had an angry-old-man vibe that Canadians felt was a downgrade from Jack Layton. This played a part in costing him the election and it caused the NDP's support to bleed out to a younger, more dynamic Liberal leader.
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Even after Trudeau took the throne, Mulcair's presence in question period was impossible to ignore. Mulcair launched equally effective attacks on Trudeau and kept the new prime minister on his toes. Once Mulcair was gone, things changed.
Andrew Scheer had the wit and charm, but he failed to express the same kind of anger and zeal as Mulcair. As a result, the House Of Commons became Justin Trudeau's playground after Mulcair was no longer the NDP leader.
Erin O'Toole is an all around nice guy, but he doesn't have the gravitas of an angry, witty and intimidating fighter like Thomas Mulcair. Erin O'Toole would never consider yelling at Trudeau in the House Of Commons or calling him pathetic, like Mulcair did after Trudeau elbowed one of his MPs in the boob during a light scuffle. You can see that exchange here.
The bottom line is: the NDP has always had leaders everyone is afraid to cross—until Jagmeet Singh showed up.
Justin Trudeau kicks Jagmeet around like a soccer ball and basically molests him like a blow-up doll. Even then, Jagmeet gazes at Trudeau like a lost puppy and nods his head at every new Liberal policy. Jagmeet Singh is so weak and pathetic, his party's members are reluctant to open their wallets.
The NDP Is Going Broke
Donations to the NDP are at historic lows. The party won't survive very much longer with Jagmeet at the helm. It all started around the time he won the party's leadership. Last summer was by far the worst, when the Green Party collected more money than the NDP in the second quarter. By the mid summer of 2019, the Greens had raked in $1,437,722—which is about $4,246 more than the NDP.
With the Greens having fewer than 3 seats in parliament, they should be nowhere near the NDP in fundraising.
In 2018, the party's finances were even worse. So much so that Vice published an article about it. During the second quarter of 2018, the NDP earned less than one million in donations and was still holding onto a $3 Million debt from the 2015 election. The NDP's situation was so bad, Jagmeet wasn't getting paid for his leadership gig.
Jagmeet won the leadership in October of 2017. Although there was a big slump in fundraising after Mulcair resigned, the slight uptick after Jagmeet's election was short-lived. By the summer of 2018, the party was unable to crack $1 Million.
At the end of the second quarter in 2015, just before the election, Mulcair's NDP pulled in nearly $4,500,000.
In the second quarter of 2019, just before the election, Singh's NDP pulled in less than $1,500,000.
If that doesn't signal a severe decline in the party's status under Jagmeet Singh's leadership, how much lower do their donations need to dip in an election year? During the summer of an election year, the NDP were matched by a fringe left-wing party that won 3 seats. Even at the end of the third quarter in 2019—the last quarter before the federal election—Singh's NDP barely pulled in $2,600,000.
In the last quarter before the 2015 election, Mulcair's NDP pulled in more than $9,000,000.
The NDP Has Lost Voters
Across Canada, provincial New Democrat parties have lost support and votes, with the exception of BC.
In Alberta, the NDP were obliterated in an historic election. In Saskatchewan, Manitoba and Ontario, the NDP haven't recovered from their losses many years ago.
The federal party is doing worse than any of its provincial counterparts.
" Anywhere Justin Trudeau goes, Jagmeet follows like a homeless puppy."
Under Thomas Mulcair's leadership, the NDP faced one of its worst electoral retractions since 1993, when Audrey McLaughlin took the party to a 8% loss from the previous election. That year, the NDP lost 1,745,688 votes from the 1988 federal election, after Ed Broadbent took the party to new heights during the Mulroney era. In 2015, the NDP lost more than one million votes from 2011.
It has been rough sailing for New Democrats since the death of Jack Layton and Jagmeet Singh has not been able to successfully rebuild the party.
Compared to the 2015 federal election, the NDP lost 566,628 voters in 2019. That's not as big of a decline as the party saw in 2015 compared to the 2011 election, but it marks a significant failure for Singh, who was tasked with rejuvenating the party and improving its electoral fortunes following Mulcair's historic election defeat.
It's hard to imagine the NDP being able to sink any lower without losing all of their remaining seats.
Rumblings inside the party suggest Jagmeet Singh may not survive too far into 2021 without a snap election. The only thing keeping the party's old guard from throwing him to the wolves is the idea that Justin Trudeau could either call a snap election, or a new scandal could force a no-confidence vote that the NDP would be obligated to support. Either way, the likelihood of Jagmeet Singh's survival depends on his strength—of which he has shown little.
Sources inside the party suggest there is a growing discontent with Singh's weakness in facing down Justin Trudeau. Party members and brass are concerned about a deeper erosion of support if an election were called tomorrow, meaning that many NDP insiders are pushing to keep this Liberal minority secure and intact until the right moment. All signs point to a possible coronation for Charlie Angus before next fall, in the event that Justin Trudeau's government survives that long.
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