Posted by: trashee | October 19, 2008

Uniting the Left – a prospect that the neocons truly fear

Jonathan Kay writes for the ReformCons version of Pravda and is generally a pretty good analyst – albeit from the right-leaning side of the spectrum. I have found his columns to be informative and well-written and they often reveal what may be going on in the marbalised minds of the neocon elite.

Take this article for example. He puts forth the premise that, as evidenced by the election results where a large majority of Canadians voted for a vision other than that espoused by the Conservatives, the left would do well to form a new amalgamated party of the Left. Just like the ReformCons did a few years back.

He says:

About two-thirds of Canadians voted for this vision on Tuesday. Canadian conservatives, who long complained under the Liberals that a left-wing government was betraying the country’s true character, must now face an unsettling truth: Our government now skews right compared to the Canadian political centre. Only thanks to vote splitting does Mr. Harper remain this country’s Prime Minister.

Which invites the question: Why doesn’t the left get rid of a few parties, so they can make their nightmarish nanny state a reality?

Well put Jon. You state the obvious. Good ol’ democracy does not quite work the way it should in the first-past-the-post system. We will be governed for the next couple of years (at least) by a party that does not represent the interests of the vast majority of the electorate.

As with the unite-the-right movement, the obstacles are essentially cultural. Bloc folk would bristle at integrating into a project run by federalists. The NDP would resent surrendering its dedicated union support base into a larger left-wing consortium that includes a lot of Bay Street lawyers and money men. Ditto the Liberals and their various ethno-political fiefdoms.
Moreover, what would the new party be called? It can’t simply be The Liberal Party — the junior partners would insist on that as a matter of pride and principle. Instead, we’d get something like The New Liberal Democratic Coalition (or some such), thereby erasing (or at least diluting) the Grits’ powerful brand.

Absolutely. The obstacles are many and lots of egos would have to be parked at the door.

But let me put it to you this way: if the neocon press is starting to openly fret about the prospect of a united Left, then should we of the Left give this some serious thought?

As for a name – how about the Liberal Democrat Environmental Party?

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Responses

  1. certainly a more united left would work better in our FPtP voting system, but that really doesn’t address the problem.

    In Canada, there are a lot more flavours of “left” than there are of “right”. My guess would be that uniting the right was relatively easy (even though nobody on the right is really really uber happy with the result) compared to the jambalaya of the political left.

    Historically, until pretty recently, the Libs have been all but indistinguishable from the PCs. Now the PC/Reform merge, and the Liberals are kind of like the NDP, but without the experience of being truly left of centre.

    A better way would be to reform the electoral system so that people have a chance to get the representation they want.

    Joke all you want about “Reformcons”… they’re still left of any US party 🙂 They’d make Democrats blush with their liberalism.

  2. Response to “Uniting the Left – a prospect that neocons truly fear”

    It appears that neocons fear the powerhouse known as the left in Canada. That powerhouse finds its strength in speaking Canadian, massaging the roots of the Canadian psyche. At this moment, left strength thrives in the hearts of the majority of Canadians.

    It is time… time for left leaning Canadian politicians to focus on the present and look toward the future; time to set aside labels and structures from the past; time to trust. Canadians need one new party of the left, with a new name and an inclusive platform, which will allow all to find shelter under its umbrella.


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