Canadian Issues

Politics and policies in Canada can be very instructive to those of us in the United States.

On October 19, 2015 the Liberal Party in Canada won an election. While it will be great to get rid of Harper,  experience shows the Liberals have  - like democrats in the United States - betrayed all of its election promises and give the multi-national corporations all they can grab through raping the country of its resources. The New Democratic Party (NDP) did not prevail and the Green Party just maintained its one elected member. 

What happened? How could the NDP lose given the disastrous policies of the conservatives and the liberals plus the generation of building up its strength?

Alan Maki pointed out, "The proof is the fact that Mulcair blew the election by trying to define the NDP as a social democratic party on par with Tony Blair and the Labour Party. And he went even beyond and to the right of social democracy in trying to link arms with the Democrats and Obama."

Mulcair, the NDP leader, sold out and is as big a traitor as Obama or Clinton to his stated ideals. He tried to censor anybody questioning Israeli war crimes, changed the policy developed over decades on the NDP website, backed down on women’s rights, refused to challenge war policy, firmly backed the Tar Sands Pipeline which environmentalists say is “game over” for stopping climate change (see reference 31), and took anti-environmental stands which included trying to get a long standing NDP environmentalist removed from the Party for speaking the truth. There was no real reason to vote for the NDP because there was no major difference between the NDP and the Liberal Party. Indeed the NDP repeatedly and deliberately  painted itself to the right of the Liberal Party.  That was a shame because the NDP had been fighting the good fight for a generation and had briefly surpassed the Liberal Party only to sink back into obscurity. There just is no excuse in limiting press access, NDP candidate Alex Johnstone having to apologize for her ignorance about Auschwitz, or any of the other antics documented below under references.

What danger does this illustrate going forward? Trying to be too much like the opposition guarantees you will lose. President Truman once said, "A republican beats a democrat pretending to be a republican every time." Witness how after the huge electoral victory of 2008 the democrats bragged who and how many they killed, how many countries they bombed, and how they are balancing the budget with hard decisions on social security. How is that working out for them? I suggest not too well  in losing both houses of congress and the presidency not to mention bringing about needed reform.

I will continue to document how the Canadian Liberal Party - much like the Democratic Party in the United States - have sold out. The bitter irony is the NDP was leading in the polls and could have made a real difference had they not turned their backs on half a century of building to try and be more like their opposition.

 References:

1-Is Tom Mulcair a closet Tory from Israel to Thatcher – Seven Reasons Critics Say NDP is Too Conservative  

2-NDP Policy Manual Removed from Party’s Website  

3-Womens’ Issues Invisible This Election 

4-Thomas Mulcair is Cracking Down on Pro-Palestinian Sentiment in the NDP  

5-In Our Politics Telling the Truth Gets You In Trouble  

6-Catastrophe: The NDP lost because it deserved to

7-Delusion continues to rule the day in Mulcair NDP

8-'Absolutely adorable': John Oliver skewers Canadian politics, no-holds barred

9-Justin Trudeau Is Bringing Stephen Harper’s Emissions Plan to the Paris Climate Talks

10-NDP angst goes public as MPP Cheri DiNovo calls for Tom Mulcair’s head: Walkom - Toronto MPP Cheri DiNovo has voiced publicly what many New Democrats are saying in private: Tom Mulcair must go.

11-Trudeau spurns NDP votes he once courted

12-Canada’s unions hail Mulcair in run-up to NDP leadership vote 

13-Harper 2.0? Trudeau Says Canada Needs More Tar Sands Pipelines   

14-NDP convention promises same old, same old - Unless you are organized labour, or are still spouting the catechisms of the 60s, it appears the NDP is not ready to listen

15-Thomas Mulcair loses bid to hold on to NDP leadership - A leadership race in the party’s future as Mulcair is pushed out at a contentious Edmonton convention.

16-Let's get real about the Leap Manifesto: it's not a job killer

17-Justin Trudeau approves $36-billion LNG ‘carbon bomb’ on B.C. coast

18-Canada is Only Half Back My Friends

19-Green Party of Canada Adopts Endorsement of Sanctions Against Israel - Diana Ralph and Dr. Tarek Loubani discuss its significance for the future of the solidarity movement in Canada

20-Justin Trudeau’s giant corporate giveaway: A privatization spree in Canada could cost regular people billions, erode democracy and undermine the fight against climate change

21-Trudeau ‘very pleased’ Trump approved Keystone XL pipeline

22-Philip Cross: How Elizabeth May taught conservatives never to trust green activists

23-The Climate Hypocrisy Is Glaring. It’s Outrageous

24-If Saskatchewan Can Build a Geothermal Power Plant, Why Can’t B.C.?

25-Stop swooning over Justin Trudeau. The man is a disaster for the planet.Donald Trump is a creep and unpleasant to look at, but at least he’s not a stunning hypocrite when it comes to climate change.)  by

26-Justin Trudeau – Climate Warrior or Climate Pretender

27-Hurricanes, floods, and wildfires haven't changed Justin Trudeau's mind on Kinder Morgan pipeline

28-John Ivison: How Justin Trudeau is governing like Harper - Trudeau's control of security committee membership belies Liberal promises about respect for parliament

29-Revolted Rabble Rousers: United For Truth In Canada  (Facebook Page)

30-Those Trans Mountain employment numbers? They're bogus.

31-Dembicki, Geoff Are We Screwed? How a New Generation is Fighting to Survive Climate Change, p. 106, Bloomsbury Publishing Place, 2017.

32-Is Trudeau Quietly Turning His Back On Fixing Canada’s Environmental Laws?

33-Big Oil and Gas Helped Shape BC’s Climate Plan - Chevron, ConocoPhillips, Encana, Imperial Oil, Shell Canada, Suncor, Teck and Woodfibre Energy among the fossil fuel heavyweights invited by the BC government for secret meetings to craft the province’s climate change strategy.

34-Is Trudeau Quietly Turning His Back On Fixing Canada’s Environmental Laws?

35-Ottawa's climate change strategy is largely imaginary

36-REPORT: Trudeau Planning To Suppress Debate As Parliament Returns

37-Stephen Gordon: 'Middle class' Canadians don't understand how upper class they are - The most remarkable feature of the Liberals' Middle-Class Tax Cut is that it doesn’t help people with median incomes

38-The Trudeau Liberals broke 35 promises halfway through their term

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