Tuesday, May 10, 2011
The NDP the Party of Canadian Youth
I came across this little old steam engine today. Every evening it steams into a nearby tent for a performance of The Railway Children.
Normally I would just admire its toy-like beauty. But after what happened last week, all I could think about was the journey we are on. Into The Great Darkness.
It's going to be a long five years, but this gives me hope.
A new poll suggests the NDP is the hands-down favourite party among an increasingly mobilized youth.
It indicates that support for the NDP among young people was leaps and bounds ahead of the other parties in every region of the country except Alberta and it grew during the campaign.
The old parties and the corporate media can mock them.
It's still an old person's Canada.
But nothing will attract more young people to politics than the sight of all those young MPs. Nothing will motivate them more than seeing their own kind attacked.
If Jack Layton and the Quebec surprise hadn't brought them to Ottawa how else would they have got there?
If the NDP can mentor them, and show them off, even more young people will join that party.
And by the time the train pulls into the next election, those who are 13-years-old today will get to to vote, and they could change EVERYTHING.
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Yup. It will be a long journey.
There will be some very dark times.
But I'm riding the little toy train with the youth of Canada.
And the future looks orange...
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