Former Liberal contender says party is giving the impression it will do anything to get elected
Former Liberal candidate and political science PhD student Drew Brown summed up his take on the Liberal party in one succinct post on Twitter Tuesday after-noon.
“Today is a great day for cynics and a bad day for anyone who believes political parties and MHAs stand for anything other than power,” Brown wrote.
Drew Brown, a former Liberal candidate, says the Liberal party is giving the impression that it will “do anything and say anything to get elected.” — Submitted photo
On Tuesday, Liberal Leader Dwight Ball welcomed former NDP MHAs Dale Kirby and Christopher Mitchelmore into the fold.
The announcement comes roughly two weeks after Ball was standing at a different podium, welcoming Tory bruiser Paul Lane into the party.
Brown said he thinks the party is leaving the impression “we will do and say anything to get elected,” and that might hurt them.
“I think that’s sort of the impression that the Liberal party is conveying right now by having Paul Lane and Dale Kirby literally within the same party within two weeks of each other,” he said.
“This is kind of a weird situation to be in.”
Lane, especially, seems like a strange fit for the Liberals. He was one of the most vocal, public partisans for the Tories, and stridently defended then-premier Kathy Dunderdale pretty much right up until the day he quit.
“I guess there’s a certain degree of opportunism in any floor-crossing,” Brown said.
“But with Paul Lane it’s especially jarring because it’s Paul Lane. Dude was the main bulldog for the Tories on the Internet for a long time. He was the dude who was rigging the polls.”
With Kirby and Mitchelmore, Brown said, it makes a bit more sense.
“I mean, Kirby always struck me as more of a Liberal-leaning New Democrat anyway — sort of more to the right, less of the sort of super-union-proto-socialist stuff,” he said.
“I guess I can understand that the (NDP) has been sort of trying to shift more to the centre. That’s basically what (national NDP Leader) Tom Mulcair has been doing, and I guess Kirby was trying to do the same thing with the provincial party. ... I guess it didn’t really work.”
Brown said that even with all the party-switching, it’s not fair to say political parties in this province have no ideology, as such.
“There’s always ideology in politics,” he said. “What this really shows is that at least the two major parties — and, like, half of the New Democrats — were all basically on the same ideological page.”