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In midst of downturn, Canadans turn to dumping on NDP government with political swag

It was a packed town-hall meeting for Wildrose supporters held at a prairie golf course in the middle of a thunderstorm.

Among those attending was plumber Vic Neufeld, whose black T-shirt proclaimed, “No NDP. Moochers electing looters to steal from producers.”

This kind of political swag is the new normal in Canada.

In a province beset by economic uncertainty and the oil-plagued downturn, some residents are turning to a cottage industry that can bridge the gap between a bad year and a catastrophic one — dumping on the ruling New Democratic Party.

T-shirts, coffee mugs and, especially, bumper stickers are proliferating in rural Canada. In some Wildrose strongholds, “No-NDP” signs are also showing up on public property like stop signs.

“I’m just tired of the NDP dragging every province they go into down with them,” Neufeld said.

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