If you live in the Great White North, or keep apprised of world politics, then you’ve likely heard that Canada’s New Democratic Party has decided to end the leadership run of Thomas Mulcair.
In a development that quickly made headlines throughout Canada, only 48% of NDP delegates wanted to keep Mulcair as the party’s leader. Observers knew that Mulcair was navigating through treacherous waters heading into the convention, but no one really knew if the NDP was going to vote for change…That they did.
Anyone who has read any posts at the Pinko Rag, shouldn’t be surprised to hear that we’ve historically been NDP supporters. After all, this is the party that has represented the working class throughout the decades, and has been the driving force for many of Canada’s most progressive policies. Tommy Douglas – universal healthcare- 1966. I mean, come on…In fact, it’s been the NDP that’s forced the historical ruling party of Canada, the Liberals, to even stay within striking distance of the center on policy.
Now, to be fair, Mulcair took the NDP’s reins at the best of times, but also the worst…He did so after the NDP had risen to historic heights, thanks to the extremely popular and charismatic, Jack Layton. So, while Mulcair became the leader of opposition after Uncle Jack’s tragic passing, he had ridiculously massive shoes to fill.
Look, much has been written about the NDP’s ill fated attempts to outflank the Liberals, and try to be the ‘reasonable’ alternative for the insufferable Conservatives. Justin Trudeau and the Liberals eagerly countered the NDP’s decision to do so, went left, and yadda, yadda, yadda, they have a majority government.
Mulcair was always a strong debater, he always called Harper and the crew on their bullshit, but at the end of the day, his vision for the NDP was off base. The NDP has always represented real change; a return to a world where the ruling interests aren’t skull effing the masses and the environment to go with it. That’s been their appeal, even at times when the majority of Canadians weren’t willing to roll up their sleeves, and throw down with the status-quo.
We’re seeing that in the U.S, however, thanks to Mr. Bernie Sanders, that a huge amount of Americans are looking for this type of change. We also saw it in the U.K. to an extent with Jeremy Corbyn. But Mulcair’s NDP kind of embodied a ‘hey, we’re for change, but if you’re not for really big change, well, we can do that too’. Ultimately, however, that just isn’t going to cut it in these troubling times.
Mr. Mulcair, thank you for everything you’ve done, but it was indeed, time.