I'm getting quite the kick out of this Darrell Dexter love-in at the NDP convention. It's amazing how ideology is tossed aside, so long as you have NDP beside your name. Called a "conservative progressive", Dexter moved the NDP to the center, abandoned the far left thrust, and this lead him to victory. In other words, Dexter became Dalton McGuinty- the horror!!! A taste of Dexter's "escape from the past" message.
Everything I read coming out of the province agrees that Dexter has largely abandoned the traditional marginal left agenda, and he's been doing it for years, tactically moving the party to attract mainstream support. It's common sense really, if you want to be a mainstream party, you need some appeal to the center, because, well, the "center" is by definition the mainstream. It's for this reason, that I denote an air of hypocrisy, which is muted simply because of a party moniker.
A tough pill to swallow. The lesson for the NDP, if you want to win become the Liberals. Make the speaker anonymous, don't give authorship to the platform or ideas, and just take it in. Then ask yourself which party do these ideals most closely align themselves with. I'll bet my shorts the vast majority of people would pick the Liberal Party, not the NDP.
Enjoy the love-in, if you close you eyes you can hear Dalton :)