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‘The stubby bottle of Canadian politics’


 

Stephen Marche has three not entirely unreasonable proposals for the new NDP.

The Beaver Party The vagueness of the name is its greatest advantage. It sounds nationalistic, environmental and efficient, but doesn’t force the party into any specifics. As we saw during the campaign of Barack Obama, the only way for the left to win is to avoid talking about what they believe as much as possible. Instead of directly answering difficult questions about domestic or foreign policy, members of the party could just blather endlessly about the beaver and all the lessons it has to teach us as Canadians: its independence, its beauty, its community spirit, its capacity for endurance during tough times. Another positive: a wide array of possible joke T-shirts.


 

‘The stubby bottle of Canadian politics’

  1. Remember old left-of-centre proverb: Beware National Post writers bearing advice.

    • I'm sure the NDP gives the deeply concerned advice from the Post, and the Globe,
      … and Macleans commenters …. all the respect it richly deserves. :)

  2. Possible joke T-shirt: Join the Beaver Party! We get lots of tail.

    • But at least you will have a "Dam" good time.

      I am sorry, I couldn't resist.

  3. Larry Flint would love it.

  4. I still prefer the "Democratic Party."

    Because from the moment they accept it until the end of my life, I will be able to mock New Democrats for the horrible crime of Americanizing a Canadian political institution.

  5. "members of the party could just blather endlessly about the beaver and all the lessons it has to teach us as Canadians: its independence, its beauty…"

    Beauty? What?

  6. How 'bout they drop the 'democratic' as well?

    Just "The Party".

  7. Are our industrial little beavers unionized – that's a MUST. Oh, I can hear all those Leave it to Beaver jokes now.

  8. "Instead of directly answering difficult questions about domestic or foreign policy"

    Refusing to directly answer difficult questions about foreign or domestic policy is the province of the Liberals and the Conservatives.

    Let's imagine their T-shirts:

    EI Reform or Starvation, or Whatever.
    I "heart" the Tar Sands.
    Fight for the Empire Lite!

  9. At least it's better than "The Sausage Party"…

  10. What a zany laff riot!

  11. Absent from the Post article and absent from Wherry – because of course, to actually make a point he, unlike colleagues Wells and O'Malley, would have to grow a pair – is any mention of the significance of the original name. New Democratic Party meant they stood for new democracy, socialist democracy, and not that they were a new party. So if they choose Democratic Party, are they giving up on the dream? Democratic Party should be so unsavoury in so many ways, that I can't imagine it being adopted, but stranger things have happened.

    On the point about the beaver being symbolic of environmentalism, I think that ship has sailed. If the NDP still spoke for the environment we wouldn't see a well-established Green Party. Until the NDP can get union leaders and environmentalist leaders sitting at the same table and agreeing on something, the latter group is outside the umbrella.

    • Good point. In fact, I believe in the Potter blog, a similar point has been made. It would certainly be unfortunate that a party whose predecessor gave us health care abandoned the commitment to democratic renewal and slide into greater irrelevance and obscurity. I just hope that when they go east, a name change will not be the only significant thing that comes out of the convention. Otherwise, we might as well just get further used to the already implicit notion that our multiparty, parliamentary system is really just a two party one.

  12. National Post: providing right-wing talking points even when they make no sense. "As we saw during the campaign of Barack Obama, the only way for the left to win is to avoid talking about what they believe as much as possible."????

    The vast majority of Obama's campaign was him talking about his ideas on green energy, stimulus, the economy, health care, and education. Marche's statement is so ridiculous as to be incomprehensible.

    • He never actually said what he was gonna do. All he said was "hope and change". There were no specifics. He never said he would triple the stimulus. All the details about health care are coming out now. He said nothing about education. He said nothing about the economy. Nothing he said about energy differentiated him from McCain.

      He had the vaguest campaign for a non-incumbent in history.

      • "He never actually said what he was gonna do."

        Just because you can't read doesn't mean everyone else can't.

          • I believe that 'touche' is not a valid 'touche' unless it comes from the first party.

          • you are right Phil. i will refine to '"Snnnapppp".

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