Opportunity knocks for the NDP
Suddenly, the NDP becomes the best option for progressive change.
In 1812 Canada was a modest colony governed by The Family Compact. This was a clique of like-minded politicians who had little regard for democracy. It was eventually broken up by the rebellion of 1837.
All these years later there is a facsimile of the compact entrenched in our country. These are the Liberal and Conservative (CPC) parties. Though supposedly of different ideologies they are very much the same as the present government has, once and for all, demonstrated to Canadians. They do not offer voters real choice, just the same agenda in a different style. The dour ideologue suddenly mutates into Mr. Sunny Ways.
Being the peaceful nation we are, there is only one way to breakup this latter day Family Compact. We must sacrifice one or the other. While the CPC is off in its dipsy-doodle world trying to be pseudo-Trumpians, the defunct Liberal party becomes the party of choice. As Peter C, Newman, one of our most eminent and insightful journalists noted in his 2012 book, When the Gods Changed: The Death of Liberal Canada:
The self-immolation of the Liberal party does not signal the end of Canada, just the cremation of some compassionate ideals, that were for a time a worthy Canadian initiative.
How many times does the Liberal party get to self-immolate at our expense before we put it to rest? History shows nothing guarantees a political party’s existence, especially so when they become aimless and lack integrity. We have a Liberal government that promised real change and progressive values; both have disappeared from their agenda in record time. Like the Clark government in British Columbia it has also suffered an illicit conversion to Neoliberalism; as when governments abandon the public that elected them in favor of blind servility to the parasitic private sector.
The NDP is shopping for a new leader and party renewal. It is an existential moment for this party as it has to either gain traction as a viable alternative to the Con-Lib clique, or continue to die on the vine as a political rump. Like all parties, it has floundered many times; but on the political balance sheet it is still a national asset; whereas the other two parties are proven liabilities.”
In a recent Tyee article, leadership candidate Peter Julian stated:
… and the New Democrats need a bold platform that builds confidence that change will actually come to those pushing for it.
Here “bold” is the operative word as a bold and progressive platform gives the NDP the advantage. Where the Liberals reneged, the NDP can seize the initiative. The NDP also becomes a vehicle all progressives of every stripe can unite behind.
“Bold,” also implies a willingness to take political risk. Without risk there is no leadership, no change, just political paralysis.
We can no longer afford to be held hostage by political quacks whose only loyalty is to the moneyed 1%, their endless wars, their endless bloodshed, and their endless profiteering.
Present political dynamics provide an opportunity to change the face of our federal politics dramatically, giving voters real choice, restoring something resembling real democracy, and making government relevant again.
Are the NDP, progressives, and those who really want to see change willing to coalesce and make the thrust of intention necessary to reform our moribund status quo?