Tuesday, March 27, 2007
NDP Eyes Thunder Bay-Superior North
Stephane Dion's decision to boot Joe Comuzzi from caucus for indicating that he will support the federal budget has made Comuzzi's riding of Thunder Bay-Superior North target number 1 for the NDP. In 2006, Comuzzi barely held off an NDP challenge, winning the riding by fewer than 400 votes. Comuzzi was planning on retiring after this term, but his exit is strangely reminiscent of Herb Gray's in Windsor West in that local voters resented the way in which the party leadership handled their long serving local MP. The NDP had strength in the Windsor area and won the seat easily once Gray left. The party expects the same thing will happen in Thunder Bay-Superior North, a seat the party held from 1984-88. Although it is true that both the Liberals and the NDP oppose the budget, Stephane Dion and the Liberals will be the lightning rod, and without the advantage of the incumbency, it will be hard for the Liberals to hold this seat.