The NDP, Perhaps a Step to Direct Democracy


It is the year anniversary of our beloved Jack Layton’s death. I do not believe in the Party System, but that man could have made me change my mind about his party, with him at the helm.

I’ve thought of his words many times over the year, particularly the final paragraph, the phrases themselves could make the hardest cyanic pause and wonder. For those who have not read it for some time, here it is again. They are words to put on the frig, to be read often, and practiced, and lived by.

“My friends, love is better than anger. Hope is better than fear. Optimism is better than despair. So let us be loving, hopeful and optimistic. And we’ll change the world.

All my very best,

Jack Layton”

Isn’t it interesting that it was, and is the NDP that has produced the greatest number of statesmen, of any parties in Canada. All the way back to Tommy Douglas, the NDP has had humble leaders. I, along with my family met Tommy after a meeting, at a time when he was trying to create the NDP, coming from CCF. Here I was a lowly little 8 year old, and he came up to me and he shook my hand and he told me to get involved in politics. And he I am today writing a blog, and trying to get Canadians to understand and get involved in politics.

Other great NDP leaders were Ed Brodbent and Audrey McLaughlin. They were humble and principled people and led with a come- follow- me attitude.

So, what made them different than the not so great leaders of the other parties; they lead with their hearts and not by conniving. So why didn’t the NDP grow beyond their traditional 16 – 18 % popularity before Jack – Canadians keep voting with their head and not their hearts; they vote for self-interest (to keep money in their pockets) and not for what is in the best interest of Canada and the little Canadian. Because Canadian vote through their wallets they keep getting stung by voting for the 1% picks of leaders.

Now I would prefer that Canadians vote for independents and the Canadian Action Party (for their monetary policy), but if Canadians insist on voting for established parties, they should at least vote for one still within the 99%, the NDP. Perhaps voting for a NDP majority would be the first step for Canadians to get real democracy (Direct Democracy). The NDP are not the people to bring us Direct Democracy because they, as a party still believe in the British Parliamentary System – a system where the representative think that they were elected to think for the people who elected them into office.

Direct Democracy, by contrast, is a system of democracy where the people are sovereign, that the people hold the power and make the decisions. It is a matter of us, the people having control. But as a first step of us getting control is the NDP to break the control of the 1%.

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About pushinback

Back in 1993, I attended an anti-Nafta rally in Ottawa along with over 110,000 others. But despite the overwhelming opposition to NAFTA, the steamroller rolled on. It was there that I came to understand the one vital thing that I have been preaching ever since. There are so many issues, and so many fighting each issue, we are all spinning our wheels, and wasting our time, talents and energy, because each election, we give the politicians our power and so the deck is stacked against us. I said it that day and I say it with more fervency today. We all have one issue that we share, and we should all stop fighting for our own issues and losing anyways, and we should fight to achieve that one thing that we all share. We Canadians all have to fight to finally get a say between elections. We need to fight to make politicians accountable to us, the people. If there is no accountability, and the people have no say between elections, we have no Democracy. My Blog is written to teach the reader the essential knowledge of freedom and Democracy. Please read, and learn. I am one person, but I leave you my witness that one person is not powerless, only first you must first learn and then act. Let the democratic revolution begin. Kindest regards, Rob McQueen
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