Despite evidence to the contrary, the election campaign for the May 17 provincial election is just two days old.
Now, the Liberal candidates and their faithful followers will tell you that all that spending that’s been going on in recent weeks is just the regular, daily business of government, but you know different. It’s been electioneering at it’s best or worst, depending on your perspective.
At least now that the premier has asked the Lieutenant-Governor to disband the legislature and call an election, bringing an end to funding announcements, regular candidates, those without tax payer dollars to spread around might, get some attention.
Of course the Liberals weren’t the only ones who started electioneering a little early. NDP leader Carole James has literally been at it for over a year. When she was elected leader 17 months ago, she eschewed a bye-election to gain a seat in the house so she could begin her campaign with one major goal in mind – become a known quantity. Nearly a year and a half later, just four weeks before the vote, she still has the same problem. Those who have come to know the politician, for the most part approve of the job she is doing. The catch is those folks are few and far between.
So little-known is James that it’s doubtful whether she can be of much help to local candidates. Beyond those who would vote NDP come hell or high water, the relatively unknown leader lacks the public profile to attract new people to the Party.
Indeed, over the next four weeks James may be so wrapped up in securing a seat for herself that helping local candidates may become a bit of an after thought. In an election where even some Liberals are estimating the NDP might pick up as many as 20 seats, the NDP is dangerously close to squandering that opportunity.
So much for getting a head start.