Wednesday, November 27, 2013
New Democrats, Take the Hint, We Need You to Go Home.
Hard as it's been to watch the Liberals morph into Conservative-Lite, it was vastly harder to witness the NDP slip its moorings on the left and migrate to the centre to become Latter Day Liberals.
Under Layton and Mulcair, the NDP abandoned the flank in a shameless bid for power and Canada is much the worse for it. Just when we needed the balancing force of the Left more than at any time in the past half century it stands deserted.
If Canadians are to weather the challenges of the 21st century, the overwhelming majority of Canadians and not merely the top 5 per cent, we absolutely must have a strong Left presence in our politics. Without that presence we will have a devilish time dealing with forces that will sap our social cohesion - inequality, climate change, globalization, the assault on organized labour and collective bargaining, corporatism, our dysfunctional electoral system and other grave threats to our democracy.
Canada doesn't need another liberal party. The voters said as much just days ago in four by-elections.
Canada needs a party of the Left. Marginally a tad left of the other guys doesn't cut it when they've all headed off to the Right. Canada needs a party willing to unapologetically stand for lofty principles to both inspire and guide the public and to keep the other parties at least a little more honest.
If the New Democrats are really done with the Left, then they should pack up and clear out and make way for a new party of principle, a new "conscience of Parliament." That's what Canada is lacking and what the country needs now more than ever.