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,
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%.