Campaign Research fires back at Martin

Campaign Research is firing back at Pat Martin for comments the NDP Winnipeg MP made on CTV’s Question Period yesterday.

Campaign Research writes to Martin,

“we ask that you immediately provide a writtenstatement to be published on your MP website and provided to media, correcting the record,apologizing for your mistake and retracting your false implication which was made in the absence of anyevidence whatsoever. Please note that if we receive no response from you, and/or no written statement is made public by 5pm EST on February 28, 2012, we will be proceeding with the filing of a Statement of Claim”

NDP Membership numbers – comparison

The NDP just released their membership number totals prior to the upcoming vote for NDP leader. The number just released is: 128,351

For comparison, let’s look at CPC and LPC numbers during leadership races in the respective parties.

CPC sold memberships over a three month window December 2003-March 2004.
251,000 members, 109,000 new members
(source: Globe and Mail. March 12, 2004)

LPC sold memberships over a three month window April 2006-June 2006.
185,000 members; 92,000 new members
(source: Canadian Press, July 15, 2006)

Comparatively, the NDP sold memberships over a five month window October 2011-February 2012.
128,351 members; 39,219 new members
(source: NDP, Pundit’s Guide reports 44% increase from September 1 2011)

UPDATE: Chantal Hebert reports that fewer NDP members will vote for that party’s new leader than Bloc members voted for a new BQ leader. The NDP has 42 MPs in Quebec while the Bloc has 4.

These are not at all great numbers for Canada’s official opposition.

This is awkward

The Globe and Mail, April 20, 2004,

Religious activists set to run for Conservatives

OTTAWA — Three high-profile religious activists have decided to try their handsat partisan politics by throwing their hats into the ring for the Conservative Party.

The moves have led to warnings that the party not push a moral-values agenda as it tries to show a moderate face for the coming election campaign.

“I think Canadians in general like to feel that their politics are secular,” said John Bryden, a Liberal-turned-Conservative MP who lost his party’s nomination to one of the new candidates.

“I think they get very uneasy when religion — any religion — becomes a factor in the nomination process or the election process.”

University of Waterloo political scientist Peter Woolstencroft, a long-time observer of conservative politics, said many candidates come out of social groupings, and it appears that only Christian or fundamentalist groups cause scrutiny.

Nonetheless, he said that many Canadians wonder whether religious groups are going to be responsive to a diverse community.

“The question of religion causes people concern,” he said. “They’re afraid that people are going to use their religious precepts as the basis for how they approach matters of public policy.”

The same week back in 2004, the Liberal Party was doing some push-polling. Again, the Globe and Mail reports,

Liberal Party pollsters were in the field last week asking Ontarians whether they were “more or less likely to vote for the Conservative/Alliance if you knew they had been taken over by evangelical Christians.”

This was clearly a campaign-style poll to test-drive a negative campaign against Mr. Harper.

Fast forward almost 8 years.

Here’s the Globe and Mail today,

Liberals fear pro-lifers trying to take over weakened federal party

Some federal Liberals fear single-issue pro-lifers are trying to hijack their weakened party.

Their fears have been stoked by the apparent re-emergence of a group calling itself Liberals for Life, which is promoting Trifon Haitas’s bid to represent the party in a March 19 by-election in Toronto-Danforth.

The group has issued an “urgent message” to Liberals in the riding, urging them to support Mr. Haitas, a Greek-Canadian journalist who formerly ran for the Green party.

“Trifon Haitas is the only candidate who is committed to stop the slaughter of unborn children in Canada,” the electronic message states.

The message includes a link to an endorsement of Mr. Haitas by Campaign Life Coalition, a national organization opposed to abortion.