Toner would offer much as an MLA and I'm surprised that voters selected a Liberal lightweight instead. However, the keys to his rejection might be revealed by words in the Georgia Straight. I suppose no digital media entrepreneur can write anything without a heap of cliches and Matt is a digital media man, through and through.
His prattle in the Straight calls for a "deep and searing" reboot "to strip away stale elements" and he says, "we need to do more than just restate our social democratic principles with fresh buzzwords." That's followed by buzzwords and advice to "concentrate on those core concepts that are unique to our philosophy [and] challenge ourselves to pivot from this foundation into the 21st century."
Sure, that'll do it.
Toner claims the NDP had good leadership in 2013 and says those who call for change misunderstand the challenges faced. Alternatively, I claim party insiders fail to grasp reality and have grown too comfortable in the perpetual role as opposition. If I may use my own cliche, these clowns snatched defeat from the jaws of victory.
Their strategies failed so thoroughly that wholesale change is necessary. The sooner the better. Dix should slide down the bench and practice presentation skills until he can effectively support the party's effort. Sihota, Zirnhelt and O'Brien must depart because, beyond years of demonstrated incompetence, their presence reinforces claims that today's NDP is still the old bunch from the nineties.
I've heard from numerous NDP members who complained that, in the year leading up to this election, they were solicited a hundred times or more for money but never once to contribute or react to policy and platform ideas. A party that once prided itself on grassroots development of issues disrespected its members and left a corrupt government in place to further enrich supporters.