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At the centre of the transfer game are the sporting directors, the figures attempting to raise the stakes, call bluffs, assess the hand their opponent is holding and defend their position accordingly.
The NDP actually has an independent economic base of some capacity -- consisting of CROCUS, the Manitoba Federation of Labour's labour-sponsored fund, and the considerable assets of the rapidly growing credit unions -- which, together with public sources, would enable it to call bluffs this move to take back the provincial telephone system into public ownership; or to do other useful things like investing in alternative media.