Wednesday, April 18, 2007

Don't you have to actually be left wing to claim to represent the left wing?

As Dion competes with Harper over who can suck up to big business more, it's worth remembering that the Liberal Party's name was never about social policy - it was and is all about their economic philosophy.

Meanwhile Elizabeth May looks on adoringly, after Dion promises her a free run at Peter McKay's seat and members of both parties spit like angry wet cats at the NDP. Apparently it's a grievous sin to give Central Nova's left wing voters an actual left wing alternative to a hapless Conservative Minister, a proven liar who acts like a spoiled sulky jackass around his ex, and a Green Party leader with a slightly hipper rap on the environment but with fiscal and social policies and attitudes that are comfortably center right.

There's still only one federal party in parliament that has actually tried to get good environmental legislation out of this government while Liberals stalled. One federalist party that unanimously supported the anti-scab law while the Liberals sabotaged it.

Only one party that has voted against the Conservative government on every. single. confidence. vote.

Central Nova voters should consider who the real alternative to politics as usual is, and vote for Louise Lorefice.

3 comments:

SteelCityGrit said...

Gee, the Dippers have voted against the government on every confidence vote! That's a feather in your cap. It's clear where the principled opposition lies.

Of course, said government would not exist if the NDP ceased to submerse itself in mythology. In fact, no party has so badly sacrificed principle again and again in the name of self-preservation.

First it was the tacit refusal to campaign against Stephen Harper (which some left wing people are bothered by - silly us).

The latest articulation is an attack on the Green Party. Yeah - May ain't leftwing. Sure she opposes free trade, advocates big social spending, etc. etc. But she doesn't wear orange and mint green. So she can't be.

Keep soldiering, brave progressive. Best case scenario - Harper's majority government will have to answer to 32 NDP MPs. Maybe 34. That will be a victory to celebrate!

janfromthebruce said...

I've come to realization that the reason why some greens say they are not left or right is because they want to confuse voters, and goes with 'we do politics different.'
There main policy document actually says that they are economically conservative and see labour as a problem and not part of the solution to the environment. Or when you read some of the green blogger comments on the green party web page, they make no bones about not being left, but are quite proud to be conservative.
But publically, the shifting mirage works for them, or well for MS. May where the rest of the party has become nice green scenery. She doesn't publically come out and say that she is conservative, just that she is progressive. More to the truth, it should be called the progressive conservative green party of canada.
This reminds me when Reform started up, and working people thought they were something else than what they were.

Cliff said...

Of course, said government would not exist if the NDP ceased to submerse itself in mythology. In fact, no party has so badly sacrificed principle again and again in the name of self-preservation.

Right. The Liberals vote to sustain the Conservative government in a confidence vote while the NDP votes to bring them down. In this scenario its the NDP who are the ones sacrificing principal and keeping this Conservative government existing.

Thank you for the text-book example of cognitive dissonance.

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