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Monday, August 17, 2015

Is Thomas Mulcair Intending A “British Columbia Outcome” for the October Federal Election?




Is Thomas Mulcair Intending A “British Columbia Outcome” for the October Federal Election?

Written by Robin Mathews

The outcome of the 2013 B.C. Election is burned into the souls of British Columbians.  Beginning with a 20 point lead, the NDP went down to ignominious defeat.  Even people who weren’t fond of the NDP knew a change was needed and helped make up the 20 point lead. But the B.C. NDP handed the election to the neo-liberal, deeply corrupt, so-called “Liberal” party of British Columbia (always in close harmony with the present national Conservative Party led by Stephen Harper.)  The NDP lost the election as if it wanted to lose the election.

Could it be that the NDP did want to lose the B.C. election?  And could it be that Thomas Mulcair and his “advisors” (how many from the BC election?) want to lose the 2015 national election? The federal NDP campaign pattern is shaping up to be stunningly similar to the B.C. campaign.

In British Columbia corruption was the first, second, third, and fourth most important issue.  Rail tracks in B.C. were leaking pus from the corrupt sell-out of BC Rail.  Hydro lines were dripping pus from the tragic corruption in BC Hydro.  (For ten years - plus – year after year, the Auditor General of British Columbia publicly refused to accept the accounting practices of BC Hydro.) The give-away of B.C. rivers to private exploitation gave a new, lurid meaning to “exploitation”, as did the needless splitting and privatizing parts of BC Hydro.

BC Ferries became a tragic, ridiculous non-privatization to coddle corporate blood-suckers of many kinds.  The scandal in Children and Families was brushed under the carpet. The person running as Liberal leader was Christie Clark who was Education minister (2001) under whom the government (court judgements still in process) – is accused of violating the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms in order to savage the province’s teachers.  The attack on unions was endless and dirty….

And much, much, much more ….


The B.C. NDP apparently decided it would be unmannerly, offensive to delicate ears, unbecoming to gentlemen and ladies to discuss the major issue in British Columbia – galloping corruption in every nook and cranny of government operation … corruption costing the B.C. people billions of dollars and dragging the democratic process into a pit of shame and ignominy.  B.C. was so corrupt that Stephen Harper personally picked long-time B.C. “Liberal” premier, Gordon Campbell, to be Canada’s High Commissioner in London!

In the present federal election there is but one issue: Corruption – the corruption of the Conservative government, the corruption of the Conservative Party of Canada, the corruption of Stephen Harper, leader. Every other matter is secondary, because every other so-called issue is a product of the core corruption in the present government.

Ralph Surette, in the Halifax Chronicle Herald wrote on August 10, 2015 the following.  “This is not an election like any other. What’s at stake is nothing less than the integrity of Canada’s most fundamental features – the justice system, the electoral system, the public service, the tax system and Parliament itself – all of which Harper has relentlessly assaulted ….”

Nor is the fact of Conservative corruption an uncertain claim argued by a small body of observers.  Information has been pouring out in newstories, columns, articles, books.  Books: Brent Rathgeber, Irresponsible government: The Decline of Parliamentary Democracy in Canada; Lawrence Martin, Harperland: The Politics of Control; Michael Harris, Party of One; Donald Gutstein, Harperism; Mel Hurtig, The Arrogant Autocrat.

Maud Barlow has a long article written for the Council of Canadians; Ralph Surette points to voices-voix.ca in which a coalition of “200 civil society groups like Amnesty Canada and Democracy Watch” present a report entitled “Dismantling Democracy”. The news website, The Tyee, has prepared and released an accounting “of Harper government assaults on democracy and law”.  The Tyee group lists 70 abuses by the Conservative government, itemizing violations, crimes, deceptions.  At every turn information is available: the list given here is just a start….

But none of it has, apparently, been picked up by Thomas Mulcair, leader of the National New Democratic Party. 

At the beginning of the two-hour Maclean’s leaders’ debate Thomas Mulcair should have pointed out the categories for debate amounted to one thing: Stephen Harper corruption and the corruption of the Conservative government.  Thomas Mulcair should have seized, held, and controlled the two hours of debate, focussing every subject on its aspects corrupted by the Conservative government. That would not have been hard to do.

But Thomas Mulcair never mentioned corruption in the first, major election debate.  Nor has he mentioned the subject since. That looks and sounds like the strategy followed in B.C. in 2013 by the NDP to assure that it would not become government, to assure that the deeply corrupt government in power would stay in power.  The psychology of such a state of being is very hard for ordinary, honest, straight-forward people – like most Canadians – to grasp.  How … WHY … does the leader of the Opposition and his Party miss – purposefully avoid - the major issue in a national election?
Why would a political party that could take power in an election decide to “throw” the election … and award it to a grossly corrupt entity guaranteed to strip the population of its rights and freedoms?

Let us say – to start – that the major issue in the present election, Conservative Corruption, had to be discussed (in private) by Thomas Mulcair and organizers preparing their NDP election strategy.  They had to decide to avoid the subject of corruption – and they had to have a reason or reasons to make that decision…? 

As I write, documents and testimony are flowing from the trial of Mike Duffy on 31 (Alice-in-Wonderland) charges of fraud, breach of trust, and bribery. The documents and testimony are rock-solid in their content. Canadians may, I believe, honestly conclude from them: (1) That Stephen Harper was deeply involved in the deception involving the whole operation; (2) that Nigel Wright should be charged with breach of trust, and offering and concluding a bribe; (3) that Mike Duffy (whatever his paddings of expenses) was (first) pressured to follow Prime Minister’s Office plans; and (4) then (secondly) had charges heaped and heaped and heaped against him – as what seems like revenge.

When the charges were laid Duff Conacher, former head, and present director, of Democracy Watch, stated - with crystal clarity (July 17, 2014): “the RCMP and prosecutor’s opinion of Nigel Wright’s role is entirely legally and factually incorrect.”  The present trial is underscoring Conacher’s statement.

We don’t need Conacher’s expert opinion to realize corruption involving the Prime Minister’s Office and some Senate members has almost certainly been extended to the Prosecution Office and to the RCMP.  Thomas Mulcair should be on his feet – all over Canada – in genuine anger and urgency, revealing, explaining, analyzing, drawing conclusions about the GIGANTIC FRAUD Harper and his group have perpetrated on all Canadians (as well as Mike Duffy).  It is the responsibility of the Leader of the Opposition and Opposition Party members to inform the public, to tell Canadians in clear, comprehensible terms the meaning of government crime that has to be of grave concern to them.

[Faced with the issue on the campaign trail, Stephen Harper acts ‘in character’ .  He declares (groundlessly) that he will not comment on a matter before the courts.  But he doesn’t say that until he has repeated his (obviously) rehearsed comment about the matter before the courts that - knowing nothing of the matter – when he learned of it, he acted.  He, of course, “learned of it” when a CTV journalist spilled the beans on a matter his team was doing everything possible to keep secret.]

Thomas Mulcair is avoiding the subject, and NDP candidates are ‘following the leader’. Why?  WHY?

A charge against them of bottomless stupidity is not good enough.

The radical Conspiracy Theory that Thomas Mulcair is in the NATO/U.S./Israel loop moving towards World Government by Global Fascist Private Corporations seems impossible to credit….

But something is wrong … something is deeply wrong.  Are we facing (because of NDP failure to fight the election campaign on the real issue) an historical situation in which Canadians will be pulled into a state of repression, poverty, and despair (over decades) until a wholly new force is born to fight its way to something like a life of decency for Canadians?  In his latest article in Common Ground (Aug, 2015) Anthony Hall calls this election, “the most important federal election in Canadian history”.  Aware Canadians know Tony Hall is right. 

Thomas Mulcair, apparently, is not among those Canadians.


Written by Robin Mathews

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4 comments:

Jon Ghun said...

You have offered here a very plausible description of how the NDP is conducting yet another campaign. They are willfully standing-down once more.

What you always fail to do is go that extra mile and ask why? Why don't you try on the possibility that they are controlled opposition and see where it leads you. The following incomplete thought, for example, needs to be re-examined and not just left hanging in the air: "The radical Conspiracy Theory that Thomas Mulcair is in the NATO/U.S./Israel loop moving towards World Government by Global Fascist Private Corporations seems impossible to credit…"

'Seems impossible' to who? Not me.

John's aghast said...

Jon, maybe they're just smart enough to recognize that they're not capable of fixing the mess that Harper would leave behind.

Jon Ghun said...

Oh, they're smart enough--surely, and doing exactly what the ruling elite require of their political puppets if they want to get their turn stuffing their snouts in the public trough.

Canada’s New Democrats seek to bolster right-wing economic credentials
By Roger Jordan
19 August 2015

New Democratic Party (NDP) leader Thomas Mulcair used the unveiling of one of the party’s star candidates at a press conference in Toronto on Friday to advance a reactionary, right-wing economic agenda, making clear that an NDP government would be based on “fiscal responsibility” and a balanced budget.

Mulcair visited the riding of Eglinton-Lawrence, currently held by Conservative finance minister Joe Oliver. He announced that the NDP had recruited former Saskatchewan finance minister Andrew Thompson to challenge current federal finance minister Joe Oliver on October 19.

Mulcair introduced Thompson by criticizing the Conservatives from the right. “The NDP’s Andrew Thompson offers the people of Eglinton-Lawrence something that Joe Oliver hasn’t: a record of balanced budgets,” Mulcair declared.

Right on cue, Thompson gave an interview to the Ottawa Citizen on Monday in which he advanced the NDP as a safe pair of hands for the ruling elite in the deepening economic crisis. “Tom Mulcair has been in government; he knows what those tough choices are like. I have been in government; I know what those tough choices are like. There’s no sense in promising pie-in-the-sky types of policies if they can’t be implemented,” he declared.

http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/08/19/cana-a19.html

Anonymous said...

Amen Robin and thanks to you and Grant for always telling it like it is.

For Mulcair and his new buddy Thompson to say that "There's no sense in promising pie in the sky types of policies if they can't be implemented" is exactly what they are doing. By promising balanced budgets they are lying their faces off as usual.

All 3 levels of governments in Canada (here I exclude Derek Corrigan, Mayor of Burnaby who really cares about the people of Burnaby) and the sad state Canada has been forced into by the gangsters who rule all three levels of government and the amount of debt they have purposely created makes it impossible to 'balance the budget'.

For Mulcair to recruit the likes of Thompson says it all about where Mulcair is coming from and that is to hit the taxpayers again to pay the debts created by the mobsters and he needs to go back to the liberals where he came from. There is nothing honorable about these destroyers of Canada.

These terrible two make no mention of the government pigs at the trough to lower their wages to the average wage paid to all Canadian workers, including the minimum wage earners and the not temporary foreign scabs...no mention of taking away these gangsters platinum pension plans and to receive the same government pensions we get and only to be paid at age 65 or whatever the gang leader in Ottawa decides the new retirement age to be like age 67...no mention of holidays the same as the average Canadian worker gets, 2 weeks for the first five years, 3 weeks for the next 10 years, take away all the perks that the average worker does not receive and so on. This would go a long way to 'balancing the budget'.

It would be interesting to hear Mulcair say what year they plan to balance the budget when we can't even pay the interest on their huge debts so it would likely be hundreds of years after these two are dead and buried....no mention of hitting on the corporations to repay the debts they have been the recipients of and only saying they would again hit on the middle class people of Canada.

The way I see it is all these government scumbags are working for the NWO/bankster gangsters and the corrupt corporate take-over of Canada.

Four more years of the same old, same old if we even live that long.

Jean