Thursday, January 05, 2012

Less Liberal, Less Canadian

In 2006 Howard Dean spoke at the Liberal Leadership convention. In 2008 many Liberal organizers went to the United States and worked for the Democrats. In that same year many Liberals attempted to draw similarities between Liberal Leadership candidate and longtime American resident Michael Ignatieff with Barack Obama. In 2009 Liberals began using the same database Democrats use. In 2012 two influential Democrats will speak at the Liberal Convention. In this same year more Liberal organizers and volunteers are planning to go South to participate in an American President's re-election.

This is at the same time that Liberals are contemplating adopting a primary system similar to one that exists in the United States. This is at the same time that support for an American-like elected Senate has strengthened. This is at the same time that the Canadian idea of coalitions has been replaced with the American one that they are undemocratic. This is at the same time that Canada, like its southern neighbour has moved away from combatting climate change. This is at the same time that our Canadian government has become the only other country besides the United States to create the Office of Religious Freedom. This is at the same time that the private health care that exists in the United States has continued to become more prevelant in Canada.

No one directly chooses the values they hold, but they do choose the situations that create them. Liberals, as well as all Canadians, are choosing the situations that are making them less Liberal, and less Canadian.

3 comments:

Volkov said...

This is a bit of a stretch of a post... the fact is, we can learn a lot from the Democrats, what they do, and how they chose their leadership.

Besides, aside from the Senate (and in actuality, more people prefer the Senate be gone than remodelled in Canada) and that Office, the American system is a very responsive and well-run system, when it works properly. There isn't anything wrong with adopting the right ideas, whether they're American, European, or whatever other country is out there.

thescottross.blogspot.com said...

Sorry, what was the stretch? Everything was fact except the last line.

In regards to the Senate, sure, but how does that change the fact support for an elected Senate has grown, especially amongst those in power?

To suggest the American system is well-run only when it works properly is an irrational opinion. I hope on reflection you realize how badly that sounds.

There is nothing wrong with adopting the right ideas, but history shows, what is right in regards to political structures is not dependent on outsomes or results, but influence from the country that dominates. From Rome, to China, to England, to Russia, to the United States.

kirbycairo said...

It is ironic that the Liberals are trying to become more like the Democrats in the US - it is like setting themselves up for failure. The Democrats can have all the power in the world and all the support and they still don't have the backbone to stand up for what is right. The LPC has demonstrated that it wants to be nothing more than a shadow of the CPC - and they continue to demonstrate it everyday. If they really want to mean something in this country they need to stand up as a real alternative to the Harpercons, but they simply aren't doing that. That is why the NDP became the official opposition plain and simple.