Originally posted by GuÍpe:
1) What should the long term electoral goals of the NDP be? Why?
2) How should those goals be acheived? Why?
3) What should the short term (next election) goals be? Why?
I agree with Tommy's answers for #1 and #3, but I'll take a different stand on #2. That goal should be achieved by, first and foremost, realizing that governments are not elected, they are defeated. The trick is to position yourself as the best and obvious alternative when voters tire of the current party in power.
Our performance in the 2004 election is critical to our chances in 2008. If we can achieve Official Opposition in 2004, and spend the next four years being the best O.O. this country has ever seen (which I have little doubt we'd be able to do), and positioning ourselves by demonstrating, daily, our effectiveness and our better ideas, then in 2008 it won't seem pie-in-the-sky to go for an NDP Government, as it would now if we made that claim. In 2008, after 4 years of Paul Martin conservatism, when people are looking for an alternative, the CPC will look like an even further rightward move and we'll look like a return to Canadian values. (This is all provided we play our cards right and provide a mixture of, yes, exposing the governments faults, but more importantly, laying out what an NDP government would do instead).
Do we move away from unions? Well, as Jack said, what are unions? They are working people organized in groups because of the realization that they are stronger together than alone against their boss. So do we move away from working people organized together? Umm... no.