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Saturday, January 21, 2006

Why Progressives Shouldn't Vote Liberal

Broadbent goes out on a high note. His last statement as MP summarizes concisely why the Liberals should be turfed. Very well said. The moneyist of many money quotes is in the closing:
Mr. Martin’s team is running a campaign based on intellectual dishonesty. Cynical manipulation. And recklessly using significant issues for the sole purpose of continuing Liberal entitlement – which we know is used to benefit Liberal insiders, not working people.

For those reasons, I urge people to look at the option presented by Jack Layton and the New Democratic Party. And this once, vote for the kind of change you want. Vote NDP, for the kind that puts working people first.
In two paragraphs, he puts the dagger to the folly of the Think Twice camp. Harper would be smart to appoint Broadbent to the head of a Parliamentary/Electoral Reform Commission, if elected. Hopefully we haven't seen the last of Honest Ed.

UPDATE: Hebert asks: "Is the Canadian left really so weak that it needs to hide in the tattered skirts of a beleaguered Liberal party at the first hint of a right-wing wind?" And concludes: "When the Canadian left does its post-election soul-searching, it should ponder whether some of its leading voices allowed their fears to make them lose sight of an unprecedented opportunity to advance their values." She is exactly right.

3 Comments:

Blogger Jason Cherniak said...

What values of the left does Harper stand for? Give me a break.

7:22 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

You mean something like this???

"Instead, Ed attacked Liberal leader John Turner, lending invaluable aid to the pro-free-trade campaign run by Brian Mulroney and helping give us the deal Ed himself said would lead to national demise. That's when labour's distrust of the NDP, now laid on Buzz Hargrove's shoulders, began. Ed got what looked a lot like a reward when Brian Mulroney appointed him head of a new human-rights body, for which he travelled the world in the years after he resigned as leader."

No comment!

12:27 AM  
Blogger Socialist Swine said...

Jason,

What values of the left does Martin stand for? He always talks about his progressive vision but in the past decade all I've seen are increasingly conservative budgets and only one token piece of progressive social legislation. Name all the things that Martin's done for the Canadian left.

-Socialist Swine

2:26 AM  

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