It's Time For Some New Democrats To WAKE UP!!!!! - (Updated)
‘We're going to fight a positive campaign" .... that was the refrain inspired by BC NDP Leader Adrian Dix.
So while the BC NDP fought their 'positive' campaign, their opponents savaged them mercilessly with aggressive print, radio, tv and online negative advertising.
Wake up! Are you blind to what is happening in Canadian politics?!
At this time in our history, corporate interests, primarily those of the oil and financial industries, have decided that they are not prepared to compromise their position of power within the Canadian economy. They open their wallets to ensure that political victory goes only to those who serve their vested interests.
To achieve this, Stephen Harper has nearly perfected a strategy that is intended to bring ‘perpetual Conservative government' to the nation ... a model based on the Alberta Conservative Party's 42 year hold on provincial power. That's the goal. Wake up and realize it.
The oil industry is not prepared to listen to anyone who threatens their ability to maximize profit from the tar sands. They have no interest in the environment. They have no interest in the plight of working Canadians and their families. They are going to maximize the profit potential of their resource holdings and they are prepared to bankroll any political party that will advance this cause.
Harper's Conservatives have demonstrated that they are prepared to cheat electorally in order to win. Robcalls, illegal expenditures and donations ... they will do whatever they have to in order to win. When challenged, they deny and delay. Their war chest allows them to afford the best legal distraction and defence that money can buy. The rule of thumb for the Right in Canada has become ‘delay delay delay' as well as ‘deny deny deny'. Yet there are New Democrats who remain blind to what is transpiring here politically.
"We're tired of negativity, Let's fight a positive campaign." That's what I hear from some New Democrats. This sentiment is naive and dangerous. It'll keep us in perpetual opposition while corporate interests (that finance the Right) continue to win elections, hold power and continue the erosion of the middle/working class.
I've previously used the analogy that it's like being a boxer who is held to Marquis of Queensbury Rules while our opponent is trying to kick us in the groin.
B.C.'s New Democrats have only themselves to blame for throwing away their chance to win the recent provincial election. Let's hope that New Democrats in Manitoba and Saskatchewan wake up to the new political reality in Canada.
A month after his party suffered a shocking electoral upset, British Columbia New Democrat Leader told party members that he takes responsibility for the debacle. Adrian Dix faced the party's provincial council on Saturday, at a meeting to be almost completely dominated by a post-mortem of the May 14 election.
"We had expected, we wanted, we were told we were going to win, and we didn't and that is a devastating and heartbreaking thing," Dix told the council. "It is a heartbreaking loss, and I am the leader of the NDP and I take fully responsibility for that loss."
Dix said the New Democrats must embrace the lessons of the failed campaign -- a process that has been going on for weeks and will continue at least until a general convention in November, where he will face a leadership review. Though his political future has been the topic of much speculation since election night, Dix remained determined that he will stay at the helm unless members decide otherwise this fall.
One last point that New Democratic provincial offices and provincial caucus offices across the country should make note of. When Stephen Harper became PM in 2006, there were 512 communication or 'information services' employees in the federal public service. At the end of the 2011/12 fiscal year there were 3865.
The Right knows how to get their message out there!