Thursday, October 08, 2009

Pretty capitalistic, for a bunch of socialists...

It's shaping up to be a big weekend, next weekend for the Manitoba NDP, as next Saturday, October 17, they will bid farewell to leader and Premier Gary Doer , wishing him well as he prepares to take on the onerous tasks associated with the position of Ambassador to the United States (no cocktail party too many, or too tedious, in the service of the country),

Then, once the always popular video reminiscence has faded from view it will be time to get to work at picking a new leader and by extension, Manitoba's next Premier. It's always an exciting time at any political gathering and this time Manitobans and others as well can take part in the grand festivities of our political party system at work.

Though it would seem that participatory observation apparently will come at a price, while NDP members will be able to take in the drama and excitement of convention for fifty dollars, those who haven't found enough cause to join up with the NDP on their march will have to pony up a sizable amount more.

Non party members, those political junkies that travel the convention circuit as though its a rock tour will have to dip into their purses and wallets for 300 dollars, the apparent going rate for political voyeurism these days.

It's a figure that is sticking in the craw of a few Manitobans who have been quick to criticize the NDP for what they perceive as its attempted cash grab.

And they might have a point 300 dollars is indeed quite a hunk of change, especially compared with a few other options for those looking for a different kind of diversion.

If you were to look for other Winnipeg options for that 300 dollars there's a few to choose from, the hometown Manitoba Moose offer up a top priced ticket of 42.50 dollars, meaning you could bring a good number of friends to the game for your 300 dollars.

The Winnipeg Blue Bombers charge a top end price of 62.75 for the best seat in the house, making for at least four nights out of the house.

But for fifteen dollars more you could take in the entire season of the Winnipeg Symphony, which offers you much more than a one night stand.

And if watching the real animals is your thing as opposed to the political ones, The Assiniboine Park Zoo offers up a Super Pass for the season (both winter and summer) for but 147 dollars.

Comparatively speaking we suspect that the zoo offers up the best parallel to political life and convention life for that matter.

Providing for the same kind of drama and in the end, you'll be left on the outside of the cage looking in, just like the way that things work in government.

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