And there’s a bunch of them who, even though they voted NDP in the last election, even though they plan to vote NDP again, when you ask them who they think is going to win, they say they think it will be the Liberals.
This is a problem. There are too many of us who are stuck in a third-place mentality, who have no faith in the voting masses, or in what working people can do when we come together.
Who’s the official opposition? Who was leading in the polls a couple of weeks ago? Who unseated 40+ years of Conservative rule in Alberta? Not the fucking Liberals.
The election is still a few months away, so I’m probably going to be saying this a lot more as we get closer to the date, but the attitude that we need to be taking towards the Liberal Party is fuck them. They have lost their status as the ruling party of Canada, and more than that, they are no longer relevant. With the country sliding into recession, the issues of the day are going to be focused on the struggle between bosses and the bankers, vs. the people. The Liberals may not be as aggressively awful as the Conservatives, but in the end they’ll be just as hard on average Canadians - it was the Liberals who implemented the harshest austerity the country had see under Chretien. There is only one party that was founded by labour, that has any kind of organic link to ordinary people, and that’s the NDP. We need to make that clear.
The Liberals have shown themselves to be weak-willed in their opposition to the Harper government, and Trudeau is inspiring no one. The only hope they have is convincing people that the NDP still isn’t a realistic option. The will push for people to vote strategically, and may even try to make deals with the NDP to not run against each other in certain ridings.
We can’t buy in to that kind of thinking. No good will come of propping them up. It’s entirely possible to decimate the Liberals and beat the Conservatives. The NDP can win this election on it’s own terms.