On October 19, 2015 the Liberal Party in Canada won an election. While it will be great to get rid of Harper, past experience says it will - like democrats in the United States - betray 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. This election illustrates a danger going forward.
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, and took anti-environmental stands which included trying to get a long standing NDP environmentalist removed from the Party for speaking the truth. Because there was no major difference between the NDP and the Liberal Party (Indeed the NDP repeatedly painted itself to the right of the Liberal Party), there was no real reason to vote for the NDP. 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 brag 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 either in winning elections or in bringing about needed reform.
I will continue to document how the Canadian Liberals - 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.