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The NDP's Dark History

April 1st, 2012 | C. Pikeman

The NDP's Ignorance

May 1st, 2012 | R. Rados

Despite its abundance of natural resources, under NDP rule Saskatchewan went nowhere. The social and economic consequences of a socialist government have no better example than Saskatchewan. For nearly two decades, Saskatchewan's economy sat stagnant while Alberta and other provinces reaped the rewards of economic prosperity. While trade workers in Alberta were earning six digit salaries, wages in Saskatchewan were below the national average. In the late 90's and early years of the 2000's, Alberta was consistently ranked as one of Canada's most liveable places in terms of cost, quality of life, and employment. What Saskatchewan had to show was much different. For nearly two straight decades, Saskatchewan's only two major cities were ranked, statistically, as Canada's crime capitals. At no point during the NDP's reign did Regina or Saskatoon leave the top five positions of Canada's crime index. On top of its disgusting crime rate, Saskatchewan had crumbling infrastructure, an overbearing government, and enough welfare leniency to make even Karl Marx turn in his grave.

The NDP's Prejudice

September 1st, 2013 | R. Rados

73% of respondents who identified as NDP supporters said that being gay and conservative is a contradiction because "conservatives lack intelligence". 7% said they didn't think that being gay and conservative is a contradiction. 10% said being gay and conservative is a contradiction because "conservatives think homosexuality is a sin". Another 10% said that they themselves think "homosexuality is wrong". What's most stunning about this result is that 10% of NDP supporters claimed to believe that homosexuality is wrong. More disturbing still is the fact that a vast majority of NDP supporters actually believe conservatives are unintelligent.

Sask NDP: Gone For Good

September 1st, 2012 | J. Hodgson

The above quote is in regards to a decision to reinvest in Saskatchewan potash after having their mines confiscated by Saskatchewan’s NDP government in the 1970’s. Apparently it takes roughly forty years to recover from socialist decisions. K+ S Group will be putting $3.25 billion into Saskatchewan over the next 3 to 5 years in the form of a new potash mining venture near Bethune, SK. Norbert is correct. It is hard to believe just how leftist Saskatchewan was in the 1970’s. Things that people take for granted today were once up for debate in the 70’s and things that are up for debate today were then taken as a given. Nationalizing entire industries is no longer on anyone’s agenda, but in the 1970’s, Saskatchewan's government actually did such things.

An Anti-Harper, NDP Government

August 1st, 2015 | R. Rados

People around Canada are tired of hearing about Alberta. People in Alberta are tired of hearing about Alberta. Alberta has been the centre of most political discussions since the Alberta NDP won a majority. This new reality has dripped into conversations about the upcoming federal election, and it's making some pundits and strategists squirm – rightfully so. Alberta witnessed an unusual populist revolt against an old, tired government. A revolt that is unlikely to be repeated in the province for another fifty years. The next provincial election will have a much lower turnout, a lackluster campaign season and a slim margin of victory that will either see the NDP returned to power or the Wildrose make history. By 2019, Albertans will have forgotten the recipe that cooked up an uprising of casual and first-time voters. However, this same recipe could be mixing to produce a similar disaster on a national level in October.

Albertans Have Rejected The NDP

September 15th, 2015 | T. Norris

Let’s start with some simple facts about what happened on May 5. Firstly, the NDP received 40.57% of the vote. While this was more than any of the other parties, it was nowhere near the “clear mandate” that the NDP claims to have.  59.43% of Albertans voted against the NDP. A combined 52.03% voted for the two conservative parties (Wildrose and Progressive Conservative). Unlike the NDP’s claims, the numbers say that this was not a “rejection of right-wing policies”. While either the PC’s or the Wildrose Party came first or second in every single constituency in Alberta, the NDP came third in fifteen different constituencies. Despite the final seat counts, it’s very clear that from day one, the NDP has never had a mandate, and Albertans never rejected conservative policies. 

The NDP's Expense Hypocrisy

July 1st, 2015 | T. Norris

In 2012, Mike Duffy was one of four senators accused of falsely claiming residency outside of Ottawa in order to receive living expenses for his time spent working in Ottawa. In February of 2013, Duffy (along with Patrick Brazeau, Pamela Wallin and Mac Harb) became the subject of a forensic audit to determine whether or not his expenses were appropriate. Nigel Wright, then chief of staff for the Prime Minister’s Office, wrote Duffy a “gift” cheque for $90,172, and Duffy used that cheque to repay the inappropriate expenses. The Office of the Conflict of Interest and Ethics Commissioner of Canada decided to investigate Wright’s “gift” to Duffy, and Duffy resigned from the Conservative caucus on May 16, 2013. On November 5, 2013, the senate made the decision to suspend Mike Duffy without pay for a span of two years.  

What Would Jack Say?

November 1st, 2014 | D. Stone

In a memorable 2011 leadership debate, Jack Layton told Michael Ignatieff, "Most Canadians, if they don't show up for work, they don't get a promotion. You missed 70% of the votes." Michael Ignatieff, along with most if his high profile Liberals, like Bob Rae, had higher than average absenteeism in the House Of Commons between 2008 and 2011. Jack Layton made sure to remind Canadians that Michael Ignatieff wasn't ready to be promoted to the Prime Minister's Office. Not only has Trudeau had an exceptionally bad habit of missing important votes in the House, he has called for debates and votes on important issues and then either not shown up, or shown up but ducked out early. In August, Trudeau called for a debate on missing and murdered Aboriginal women. When the debate finally happened, Justin Trudeau wasn't even in Ottawa to participate. In October, Trudeau called for a vote and debate in the House on whether Canada should join in the war against ISIS.

Forget Duffy, Look At Mulcair

September 1st, 2015 | R. Rados

From what we've learned so far, Thomas Mulcair was a member of Quebec's Liberal Party before he pondered becoming a Conservative. During his time in the Quebec legislature, he poured praise on Britain's conservative wonder woman, Margaret Thatcher. But it's not his weird ideological back flips that voters should be worried about, it's his actions as a political figure tasked with holding Stephen Harper accountable. As media force-feeds Canadians details about a fraudulent senator and a $90,000 cheque meant to reimburse taxpayers, Mulcair's dubious past disappears into the shadows. 

Mulcair The Hypocrite

April 1st, 2014 | D. Stone

Had Conservatives opened an outpost anywhere in Canada using taxpayer money, Thomas Mulcair would have been the first to notice and voice his criticism. The NDP has two other outposts in Montreal and Quebec City, both of which pay their employees with taxpayer funds. House Of Commons rules only allow for MP employees who are directly performing parliamentary functions to earn public salaries. "It's not a believable scenario that Mr. Mulcair needs the leader's office and the research office, supporting his functions in Ottawa, based in Saskatoon," said Liberal MP, Ralph Goodale.

Delusional Mulcair Won't Let Go

November 1st, 2015 | D. Stone

After leading the NDP to its most devastating loss in recent memory, Thomas Mulcair doesn't seem able to let go. It has been tradition in Canada for a failed party leader to resign following a significant loss of seats. Paul Martin did it, Stephane Dion did it, Michael Ignatieff did it, Stephen Harper did it, Gilles Duceppe did it and Saskatchewan's Lorne Calvert did it. Jim Prentice did it in Alberta and took it one step further by not only resigning his leadership, but also his seat. Thomas Mulcair not only refuses to resign, he has vowed to lead the NDP into the next election. Thomas Mulcair doesn't think his party lost for any good reason. It's likely that his top brass have blamed it on strategic voting, not his terrible leadership and horrible campaigning. Thomas Mulcair probably doesn't even believe that he single-handedly blew Jack Layton's legacy.

Media Chews Up Harper And Mulcair

June 1st, 2014 | D. Stone

If anyone unfamiliar with Canadian politics were to watch the CBC or read anything published by Postmedia, they would believe that the Liberal Party was the official opposition. In Canada's current media environment, it seems easy to forget that Thomas Mulcair is the real leader of Canada's official opposition. Just the same, it seems easy to believe that Stephen Harper and the Conservative Party are corrupt, out of touch, and incapable of doing anything right. The media has created their narrative for 2015 and it pits the leader of Canada's third party against Canada's majority Conservative government. When Thomas Mulcair isn't being ignored, he's being bombarded by negative attention that often includes criticism about his angry demeanor.

A Mulcair Christmas (Fiction)

December 15th, 2013 | J. Hodgson

I raised my hands and did what came naturally. I ran away. The big guy took chase. He was faster than he should’ve been, given his size. I turned the corner and ran across a street. I was making some space between us when my toe caught the curb and I face-planted into the pavement. It was then that I felt the first blow to my back. And then another. And another. I slumped to the ground as the guy frisked me for anything I had. Disappointed at the lack of loot, me stomped on my hand and left. I slowly rolled onto my back. Another random street attack, the kind that became more prevalent after the jails were emptied out due to "compassion". The rain began to pour and the old man in the bus stop made his way toward me.

Dividing The Country, Mulcair's Way

July 1st, 2012 | D. Stone

The man who once considered becoming a Conservative seems to be positioned to divide Canada and to create the same level of conflict that existed in his own mind while he was contemplating which ideology to follow. One can only ask how Thomas Mulcair could have considered being a Tory. The ideological polarity doesn't allow for much logic unless we accept Thomas Mulcair as either schizophrenic or politically illiterate. Thomas Mulcair's politics of division, which harkens to the divisive politics of Barack Obama, has done more harm than good for Canada's unity. Being a MP from Quebec, Mulcair has a unique opportunity to unite the country, but instead he has chosen to divide it. Mulcair told CBC radio that Alberta's oil sands have debilitated Eastern Canada's economic prosperity by killing manufacturing jobs and keeping the Canadian dollar artificially high.