The kids are perfectly normal

Arash Azizi makes the case for Her Majesty’s youthful opposition.

Far from being “one of us,” Members of Parliament often are lawyers, businesspeople, journalists or experts of one kind or other. Even when they are not, they often adopt lifestyles so widely different from the rest of us that too often they lose their common touch. In short, perhaps to the dismay of Adams, legislatures in Canada, as in other liberal democracies, are in no way an “exact portrait . . . of the people at large.”

That the New Democratic Party has fought to challenge this status quo should come as no surprise. After all, when Tommy Douglas founded its predecessor, the CCF, the political fable of “Mouseland” was his guiding principle. He thought mice should stop electing “a government made up of big, fat cats” and fight for a government of themselves, by themselves, for themselves. His was to be the party of “mice,” the party of the common folk. The battle Douglas began has just reached a whole new stage. For the first time, the party of common folk has emerged as the official opposition. Why then should it come as a surprise that a large part of its new caucus is comprised not of political players but of youth, students, waitresses and single parents?




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The kids are perfectly normal

  1. As compared to all those rich elitist Cons who used to be Opposition? 

  2.  Mr Douglas would have wanted deserving mice, mice from the community where they lived, knocking on doors, active participants in the life of the community. The surprise was not sending mice to Ottawa, the surprise was the flukiness of the thing. 

  3. He seems to be equating “incompetence”, or at least “lack of demonstrated competence”, with “antipathy toward ‘common folk’”.  No one is criticizing the NDP members of parliament for insufficient buying power, non-elite status or yachtlessness; they’re criticizing them because they’ve never been to their riding, are separatists, or are currently undergoing the confusing hormonal changes associated with puberty.

    • I was criticizing their yachtlessness.

  4. In theory the house of commons is where communities send their best and brightest to represent them in the guiding of the nation.

    I suppose with our current media dumb-downed leader-first version of parliament, this is less critical, so maybe it’s all a moot point anyways?

    You know one thing I find funny?

    A hundred years ago MPs were so much more a part of the system. 221 MPs representing about 8 000 000 people.

    Now we essentially have a handful of people at the top running things while representing 33 000 000 people.

    Talk about efficiency gains! LOL

    Sigh.

  5. Their seems to be this notion — and it’s been my observation that it often comes from the left — that just about anything can be explained away with a fancy enough argument. So, the NDP trots out one of their young apparatchiks to lecture us all on how a ragtag bunch of inexperienced MP’s with no accomplishments to speak of is supposed to be good for the country. How does that expression go? Don’t piss on me and tell me it’s raining. Yet some political elements love to try, don’t they?

    • I’ll certainly admit that the right doesn’t bother with fancy arguments.  They just repeat inane sound bites over and over and over until lots of people start thinking it must be true.

      • So voters are stupid to you, are they?

    • How do they compare to someone such as Rob Anders?   

      • Why? Is he the standard you think the NDP should be using?

        •  I just don’t think there should be a double standard.

          • Do you even know what that means?

          • Did you want to discuss this or just be a dyck? 

          • This is what you consider to be a discussion, is it? lol. God.

          • you’ve got Dennis figured out…

          • Why is it so difficult for some of you to engage political opponents? Is it resentment? Ignorance? What?

          • I’d rather engage human beings in conversation than debate, as confederates rather than as opponents.

          • You seem more interested in attacking me personally and playing semantics when called on it. lol

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