That it gets as many votes as it does is really a measure of disaffection rather than ideology. Canadians use it to lodge a protest vote.
In 1990, the protest vote ran amok and accidentally elected an NDP government. Nobody had expected it to happen, even those who voted NDP, including very surprised new NDP Premier.
Oh, I thought this was about Jack Murtha and the Taliban - never mind.
In fact one of the results of that election was a drop in NDP votes in the next federal general election (in 1993)
The democrat party has NEVER been elected. You are thinking of provicialy in Ontario when Bob Ray spent a year or two ruining the province.
Incidently, Bob Ray is now running for leadership of the Liberal party,(hope he wins) which should tell you how far left it has shifted. keep that in mind next time a liberal tries to tell you they aren't "left". The DP (fitting initials) party seldom gets over 10 seats, in fact they almost dissapeared a few years ago, barely maintaining official party status.
Jack Layton is a idiot, and plays the part well. I hope he stays as DP party leader forever. that will ensure they never will win more than 13 seats.
Just like the Democrats in the US.