View Full Version : Tom Mulcair too right, says left wing of his own party

08-28-2015, 08:47 PM
OTTAWA — NDP Leader Tom Mulcair is facing criticism from members of his own party for “embracing” capitalism and promising a balanced budget while refusing to tax the “super-rich.”

Barry Weisleder, chairman of the NDP socialist caucus, said in an interview Friday that under Mulcair’s leadership, the party has been moving further to the right.

“It’s a continuation of the movement towards conservative policies. It remains a party linked to working people and the working-class organizations in the country. But its leadership and the policies of that leadership continue to embrace the capitalist order.”

Weisleder stressed he wants to see Mulcair win the Oct. 19 election, preferably with a majority government, but his group wants to “shape the agenda” and push the NDP to the left.

“I don’t hear the leader claiming to be leading a left-wing party. I would like to hear that. And I would like to see the policies and actions to back it up.”

Weisleder spoke as the dynamics of the federal election took an unpredictable twist this week and two parties appeared to trade spots on the political spectrum.

The NDP moved decisively to hug the political centre as Mulcair said the NDP would introduce a balanced budget. By comparison, Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau — whose party promises to hike income taxes for the wealthy — announced it would run a deficit for three years in order to spend billions on infrastructure projects and other initiatives to kick start the economy.

Weisleder said New Democrats won’t have the money to finance their own promises in government unless they’re willing to properly tax corporations and the “super-rich.”

“Unfortunately, Tom Mulcair is cutting himself off at the knees. You can’t deliver the promises that are attracting people to the NDP policy.”

The socialist caucus, which formed within the party in the late 1990s to counter its drift to the right, is urging Mulcair to promise a national pharmacare plan, oppose further pipeline projects, adopt a more pro-Palestine position and ensure “progressive taxation” policies.

“The federal NDP should insist, not only on plugging tax loopholes, but on steeply taxing big business, the banks and the super-rich, while phasing out the regressive HST,” says a petition circulated by the group.

Mulcair has said he will not increase income taxes and promised to lower taxes for small- and medium-sized business. He has said the NDP’s yet-to-be-revealed tax hike for large corporations will be “slight” and “graduated.”

On the campaign trail, Mulcair has said the platform will be fully costed. “Our aim is clear. The NDP wants to defeat and replace Stephen Harper with a progressive, competent and prudent government,” the leader said in Montreal on Friday.

But Weisleder said Mulcair is “making it difficult to implement his own agenda,” noting that pundits suggest the NDP is trying to counter the party’s spendthrift image.

That strategy ignores the fact that “working people” in Alberta recently elected Rachel Notley’s New Democrats after a 44-year Conservative reign.

“People want change. And they want change that will not betray their hopes and dreams.

“It may be possible to balance the budget, and I’m not opposed to balanced budgets, but only if there is a revenue stream that comes from trying to correct the gross inequalities.

“Where a chief executive officer in one of the big banks makes more in a day than most Canadians make in a year, that’s obscene.”

Ottawa Citizen

08-28-2015, 08:48 PM
He was coming a little right to appeal to the liberal voters and Justin was going a little left to steal the ndp voters and they done passed themselves

Prairie Dog
08-28-2015, 08:51 PM
Barry Weisleder, chairman of the NDP socialist caucus, said in an interview Friday that under Mulcair’s leadership, the party has been moving further to the right.

...and I laughed!! Czar Thomas the Nice?

08-28-2015, 09:48 PM
I don't know.

To me, the article seems like a rather transparent attempt to woo small c Conservatives.

"What's that? The SOCIALIST Caucus is upset? He's saying the party has moved to far to the right on economic issues? If the SOCIALISTS within the NDP are upset, maybe the NDP aren't so scary after all"

08-28-2015, 09:51 PM
Canada doesn't even have a right wing party. We have a super left party, a kind of left party, and a centre party.

Both of the American parties are right of our "Conservative" party.

It's all relative. In the U.S. they call the Dems left wing, and here they call Harper right wing.

08-28-2015, 09:53 PM
Unless you're a wealthy lesbian Muslim holding a status card, that article isn't changing anything.

08-29-2015, 03:37 AM
I hope this group speaks loudly again and again in the coming weeks and in reminding people who the NDP really are, ends up scaring the bejesus out of some of their "softer" supporters.

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