Canadian Election and the NDP

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. Witness how after the huge electoral victory of 2008 the democrats brag who 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.


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






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