Musings —06.29.2015 07:51 AM—
- If you’ve got the dough, and the NDP does;
- If you have achieved historic levels of popularity due to the other parties’ spending scandals, and the NDP has; and
- If you want to campaign against the Senate, and the NDP does…
Would you make this issue a hill to die on? From The Hill Times:
With MPs’ expenses still accumulating in their ridings during the summer recess and the House administration reportedly set to reject claims starting July 1, sources say the Board of Internal Economy’s battle with the NDP could hurt the party’s finances as well as its messaging in the upcoming election campaign.
“If the Board of Internal Economy starts pulling those funds back from a large number of NDP members, that’s hitting them at a really unhelpful time. They’re popular in the polls … they’re competitive in a way that they’ve never been before, and now they’re going to have [the] Board of Internal Economy sticking a spoke in their wheel?” said Liberal strategist Warren Kinsella, president of Daisy Consulting Group, in an interview last week.
Can someone explain the strategy to me, here? As I’ve written before, this is the kind of issue that could seriously derail the NDP’s upward ascent. Why the Hell didn’t they just pay the money back when they had the chance?