It looks as if whomever crafted yesterday's reply to the speech from the throne for Liberal leader Dwight Ball earned a bonus and a bulls-eye!
I thought Ball's reply was crafty, He did a good job of throwing NDP issues into the Liberal shopping cart in an attempt to touch on issues before the NDP had a chance too.
I expect to see a lot of this from the Liberals over this session. I was not confident that this is an approach that is going to work. However, from a media perspective, Today's The Telegram is instructive. Reporter James McLeod's inverted pyramid style gives the first reaction coverage to the Leader of Opposition and an NDP issue "Ball said he would have liked to see something on more affordable housing, especially more of a specific vision for the future,"
The Liberals must be pleased with this. Sure, the NDP leader reiterates the point, but it is not new. The Liberals have already dealt with it. The NDP are playing catch-up. The NDP just got a reality check on how this session is going to work.
If you don't pick your battles wisely, you may end up failing at all of them, and ending up worse-off than you started. It is more advisable to deal with one issue before proceeding to the next to ensure success. It will be interesting to hear how question period goes today.
I expect more of this opening gauntlet of trying to take the air out of the NDP messaging.
The NDP need some political experience if they are to build on their newfound positioning.