Some Canadian political perspective:
Canadians pride themselves on… oh hang on. Oh OK on being profoundly, solidly, proudly, really a lot, without any doubt, mediocre in every which way.
Success in Canada as a nation is measured by studying the amount by which Canadians have affected no positive change at all whatsoever in a generation, either inside the country or outside. Well, except that Canadians increasingly not doing what the Americans do, in the face of the silly Americans being increasingly the healthiest, most educated, wealthiest, most powerful, most innovative, most industrious, and freest people on earth—is somehow seen as being positively “Canadian”. Proudly, yet.
The way-more-liberal than the U.S. Democratic Party Liberal Party of Canada, which perpetually gets elected because they are good and mediocre and they ensure that nothing positive gets done, is deemed by the liberal media as the “center”, politically, rather than “left” as they really are. “Good ‘n Mediocre” could well work as a campaign slogan for the Liberals in the upcoming elections. But they will probably just go with “Politically Correct eh!/Politiquement Correct non?”.
After more sophisticated people in North America stop laughing at the liberals calling themselves “center”, they find that in Canada the liberal Canadian media and even the NDP (NDP stands for New Democratic Party) supporters themselves call the NDP “left-leaning”, or “left of center”, notwithstanding that the NDP is a full-out socialist party. In Canada, the media would call the Communist Party simply “left”. The CBC would call it “Nirvana”.
It’s in this way that Canadians got the reputation for being so darn funny.
The Conservatives in Canada, since they are not liberal and not left-wing, are obviously called “extreme far right-wing nutjob lunatics”. Like I needed to tell you.
In the Canadian media, particularly on the state-run CBC, “Conservative” is said with a roll of the eyes, and the implication that the Conservatives are, in fact, obviously, as we all know, retards. Consult the CBC manual for other approved methods of saying “Conservative” (for example, adding the word “scary” is optional and suggested!)
Since I’m just about the only one in Canada who is aware that the New Democratic Party (the NDP) in Canada is an extreme left-wing and all-out socialist party, I thought I’d outline what the socialists—the NDP—actually stand for, as per their official NDP Constitution, just to help re-align Canadians as to where they are, which is south of politically sophisticated.
The official NDP Constitution’s preamble, in which it outlines the basic premise of the party, states quite willingly:
“The principles of democratic socialism can be defined briefly as follows:
and then it includes the following three items apparently written directly by their Politburo, and being officially bilingual I understand “Politburo” and other extreme left-wing dialects (not union contracts though). So I’ll translate.
a) the production and distribution of goods and services shall be directed to meeting the social and individual needs of people and not for profit,
TRANSLATION: The current NDP constitution speaks to the need to end capitalism. End the private ownership of business for profit. You know, like Cuba and North Korea did with such astounding success.
In fact, in an NDP “manifesto” (yes it was actually called a “manifesto”) endorsed several years ago by many NDP leaders who are still active in politics today, such as former federal Member of Parliament (and former Premier of British Columbia) Dave Barrett and many others, it outlines this: “Capitalism must be replaced by socialism, by national planning of investment and by the public ownership of the means of production in the interests of the Canadian people as a whole.”
Those studious ones who are asking themselves, “Isn’t that what the Communists stand for?” are astute. Almost identical wording can be found on the Communist Party of Canada’s web site in describing their goals of “…offering a clear and consistent vision of a socialist Canada, where the priority is people’s needs, not corporate greed.”
Here’s another quote from the aforementioned Manifesto: “Central to the creation of an independent socialist Canada is the strength and tradition of the Canadian working class and the trade union movement.”
Now here’s a quote from Mein Kampf, by Adolf Hitler: “Hence the movement must adopt a positive attitude towards the trade-unionist idea. But it must go further than this. For the enormous number of members and followers of the trade-unionist movement it must provide a practical education which will meet the exigencies of the coming National Socialist State.”
b) the modification and control of the operations of monopolistic productive and distributive organizations through economic and social planning, towards these ends, and
TRANSLATION: The current NDP constitution speaks to the need for control of the dominant industries and institutions by the government (i.e., ownership).
The aforementioned Manifesto reads: “Relevant instruments for bringing the Canadian economy under Canadian ownership and control and for altering the priorities established by corporate capitalism are to hand. They include extensive public control over investment and nationalization of the commanding heights of the economy, such as the key resource industries, finance and credit, and industries strategic to planning our economy.”
Again, similar wording can be found on the Communist Party web site: “The people’s program would also involve reversing privatization, and moving to nationalize and put under democratic popular control the existing monopolies in vital sectors of the economy, especially in the financial sector (banks and financial institutions), in the energy and natural resources sector (extraction, production, etc.), and in transportation and communication. Measures would also be necessary to gain public democratic control over foreign trade, and to extricate Canada from NAFTA, the Free Trade Area of the Americas, the WTO and other unfair, pro-corporate investment agreements and trading blocs.”
c) where necessary, the extension of the principle of social ownership.
TRANSLATION: The current NDP constitution sees state ownership of “things deemed necessary”, which, ostensibly, is or could be everything. Without boring you, yes, that’s exactly the same as the Communist Party.
Furthermore, the Communist Party says: “The Communist Party of Canada is … based on the principles of Marxism-Leninism whose ultimate goal is the creation of a Canadian socialist society … As it develops, socialism will provide the real basis for communism … The aim of the Communist Party of Canada is to establish a socialist and, ultimately, a communist society in Canada. The party stands for the victory of socialism throughout the world.”
When you look up Communist Party of Canada in the Wikipedia online encyclopedia, they illustrate why it’s sometimes hard to distinguish between the Communists and the NDP, and the not-as-extreme-left Liberals:
“Nikita Khrushchev’s 1956 Secret Speech exposing the crimes of Josef Stalin as well as that year’s Soviet invasion of Hungary, shook the faith of many Communists around the world and resulted in many, perhaps most, members of the Canadian party leaving including a number of prominent party members. Many ex-Communists joined the Co-operative Commonwealth Federation and its successor the NDP and even the Liberals. The USSR’s 1968 invasion of Czechoslovakia caused more people to leave the Canadian Communist Party.”
I imagine people keep leaving the Communist Party still today since socialism/communism has been such a smashing success in other countries.
In the past year in Canada the two Canadian right-wing parties (the Canadian Alliance party and the Progressive Conservative Party) came together to form one united right-wing party called the Conservative Party.
I keep waiting for the Communist Party of Canada and the NDP to join hands once and for all, and form what the Canadian media will call a “leftish” party.
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