Thursday, April 07, 2016
One More Reason Tom Mulcair Should Resign
I watched Tom Mulcair being interviewed by Peter Mansbridge last night, and I have to say I was not impressed.
He still strikes me as more of a professional politician, than a genuine left-wing leader.
I still don't think he's the NDP's future.
And this only reinforces that belief.
The way him and the Mulcair Party betrayed their young supporters.
It’s no tall tale that Young New Democrats worked exceptionally hard in the years and months leading up to last election, and that many of us were key organizers on campuses, local campaigns and national efforts to make sure that we replaced Harper’s government with our first ever federal NDP government.
So you can imagine our frustration as we watched scores of our peers, many first-time voters, head to the polls on Oct 19 and cast a ballot for a different party.
For I share their frustration at the way they were sent out to campaign for a boring, uninspiring platform whose positions and values they did not share.
We argued against the legalization of marijuana, against the inclusion of other parties in debates, against our leader’s participation in a debate on women’s issues, and defended our non-position on hydraulic fracturing.
Simply put, given what we were selling, it’s no surprise that our peers were just not buying it. By the time Thanksgiving had rolled around we were gasping for something inspiring, but nothing came. We were abandoned and forgotten.
I am stunned by the way they were treated like children, and cut out of the decision making process.
None of us were consulted or even brought into the discussion when it came to platform development — or, for that matter, when it came to the out-of-touch materials we were asked to distribute on campuses. For two years we were tasked with drumming up support for “dropping interest on credit card fees” while other parties campaigned directly on issues that mattered to youth.
And of course I share their goal.
In an era of massive popular movements energizing progressives across Europe and North America, it’s time for the NDP to boldly and unapologetically stake our ground as the party of the left.
For the left is the future, and it's the only way to save this country and world from those who would destroy them.
And if the decent but hopelessly old fashioned fuddy-duddies who run the way too conservative Mulcair Party don't get it, they should ALL be replaced along with their leader.
For they are only proving that the party really does need generational change...
You know, I have to admit that some of my NDP friends give me a harder time than do the Cons. They get angry with me for not being hyper partisan, and never ceasing to try to unite progressives rather than divide them.
And of course, some of them are absolutely furious with me for having voted for the NDP, but now have no problem happily supporting Justin Trudeau.
I also have to confess that because I am somewhat hotheaded myself, sometimes I feel like strangling them. Or at the very least grabbing them by the shoulders, shaking them violently, and shouting SHUDDUP !!!!!
If I want to celebrate the downfall of the Con regime, and the return of a more decent Canada I WILL !!!!
But I also must say that some of them, like others across the country, are the finest young idealists I have ever known, and for that I love them dearly.
They are the future of the NDP.
They were betrayed and treated shabbily.
And for that alone Tom Mulcair should resign...
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