The buzz on Buzz Hargrove
It's not the NDP he hates, but an unholy alliance of the Tories and Bloc that CAW boss Buzz Hargrove fears.
That's the explanation Hargrove's offering NOW for why he's boosting Paul Martin 's Liberals.
Why, then, did he show up last week in NDP territory in Windsor to again share the podium with Martin on the occasion of the announcement of a federal handout to Daimler-Chrysler?
Hargrove says it's his home local, and he didn't know until the day before that Martin was going to be there. Or that NDP leader Jack Layton would be in Windsor.
"It was no slight of Jack Layton," Hargrove says, pointing out that he's actually endorsing NDPers Joe Comartin and Brian Masse in Windsor. He's supporting a Liberal in another Windsor-area riding.
But the effect on the NDP at the ballot box of the CAW boss's support for the Liberals may be overstated.
The CAW says it doesn't keep numbers, but the fact that a cross-country task force was struck in 2002 to review support for the NDP seems to suggest most members don't vote NDP anyway. More than 90 per cent of the CAW's council recently chose to vote strategically in this election.
"My big concern is that we're going to end up with a Tory minority," says Hargrove, since the Grits stand to lose up to 20 seats in Quebec. "I don't think that's in the best interests of Canada."
Mayor shoots for Grits, too?
Mayor David Miller's appearance at Paul Martin 's press conference to unveil the Liberals' ban on handguns last week had the city's conservative media taking note.
What was the lefty mayor of Toronto doing posing with a phalanx of Grits? Did it mean he wouldn't be supporting Olivia Chow in Trinity-Spadina? Well, actually he's staying out of that one. Of course, if Miller hadn't shown up, those same pundits would have been all over him for being soft on crime, a point the mayor's director of communications, Don Wanagas , is quick to make.
"This wasn't an endorsement of the Liberals," Wanagas says. "It was an endorsement of a ban on handguns, which we all know the mayor is very concerned about."
Still, Miller has endorsed only two candidates in the federal runoff: Grit John Godfrey ("He's done a lot for the city's agenda in Ottawa," Wanagas says) and the NDP's Peggy Nash , who's running in the mayor's home riding, Parkdale-High Park.
Compiled by NOW staff.