The media has just made it so easy now for Harper to sail to a majority. It'll be like taking candy from a baby.
The CBC is wondering where the NDP's constitution is:
Now that the NDP is within shouting distance - maybe- of forming government, a lot of people might want to take a closer look at the party, at its founding goals and principles. Questions to the NDP's media hotline yield the response that the NDP constitution is "an internal document", available to members only, and that the NDP is running on its platform, not on its constitution. And yet, anyone who wants to join the NDP has to first agree to abide by its constitution, presumably without getting a chance to read it.And of course the gloating Conservatives who won't post a comment, but email me regularly are absolutely delirious.
The NDP's constitution is hard to ferret out, but there are copies to be found on the internet, dating from 2001 and 2003, and of course there's no way of telling if the ideas expressed in them still represent the NDP's thinking. But, crucially, there are fundamental and seminal ideals expressed, and they are potentially explosive. The principles of "democratic socialism" are laid out, and they might prove troublesome for the party as it heads towards what may be the official Opposition or even more.
I got this wonderful attack from Sun Media:
And another reader couldn't wait to send me a link to this. It will fry the NDP and Harper's smug face will be with us for decades. And with him goes our democracy.
These are the "Socialist Caucus Resolutions for the Federal NDP Convention in 2011"
The first two are fine with me but then they get dicey: 3. Nationalize U.S. Steel. 4. Close the Alberta Tar Sands
Save the jobs of the steel industry but throw oil workers out of a job?
7. Legalize Cannabis is good. 8. Canada out of NATO, NATO out of Afghanistan. Fine with me but I can hear the Cons now. In fact, the National Citizens coalition ran a complete campaign when Broadbent suggested that we get out of NATO.
Skip to 10. Justice for Palestinians, Boycott apartheid Israel. I agree but they gave Libby Davies a dressing down for suggesting the same thing.
Here comes the whoppers: 11. Nationalize the Auto Industry 12. Nationalize the Big Banks and Insurance companies 13. Nationalize Big Oil and Gas
And: 14. No NDP coalition with Business Class Political Parties. And yet Layton was ready to form a coalition with Harper.
It was a Harper supporter who sent me this so I imagine they are drafting attacks around it already.
Sometimes idealism can be just as damaging as ideology. Much of this won't play out well with moderates.
Normally, I would have dismissed this, but with Harper now poised for a majority, I have to do what I have to do. There has never been a more challenging time in this nation's history.
I've spent two years exposing Harper and neoconservatism and I feel like it's been for nothing. He's going to win.