To all who call themselves "progressives" yet vote Liberal, Please Read!

I would like to think that being “progressive” entails a whole series of critical renegotiations (one’s relation to capitalism, to democracy, even to politics itself) as well as certain political demands (electoral reform, justice, civil rights etc.). Yet, I’ll settle for this one. To all self-styled “progressives” who vote Liberal, please re-examine your assumption that the Liberals are in fact “progressive”. That may be the most singularly dangerous piece of unquestioned self-evidence circulating out there. Thanks to Jan from the Bruce for drawing my attention to this excellent piece exposing the federal Liberals led by Ignatieff as hollow and false champions of the “Left”.


I urge “progressives” to read fully and carefully the linked article, particularly those who voted “strategically” in last year’s election (one of the casualties of which was incumbent Peggy Nash being ousted by Gerard Kennedy- that is, a first rate parliamentarian and true champion of the Left, respected by all, being replaced by a second rate politician and false “progressive”). Here’s a sample:

On Friday, the Liberal Party of Canada threw down the gauntlet and submitted a vote of no confidence in the minority government led by Conservative PM Stephen Harper. Many progressives might think “why not?” Harper is, after all, a wolf in wolf’s clothing, managing to run a neoconservative, neoliberal government with voter support of his party in the mid-30 percent range, and all the rest of Canada to his left.

Unfortunately, Harper’s challenger, Liberal Party leader Michael Ignatieff, is just as much a wolf, but poses a much greater danger to the Left because he dresses as our shepherd…

Until Friday, Michael Ignatieff’s Liberals had supported the Conservative government in 79 consecutive confidence votes since 2007. That wouldn’t be so concerning if the Liberals had been winning major concessions for progressives, but no such luck.

At a basic level, Ignatieff has acted in ideological accord with the Conservatives. Ignatieff is short on details of how he would have behaved any differently than Harper, even when agitating for an election. If he is a progressive at all, it is in hindsight only: whether in the States or in Parliament, Ignatieff goes along when policy is being made, denies problems as they occur and complains unconvincingly about the consequences.

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Posted on September 25, 2009, in Liberal Party of Canada is NOT progressive, Michael Ignatieff. Bookmark the permalink. 4 Comments.

  1. OMG! It's horrible!That's it! I'm votin' En-Dee-Pee!

  2. At the time that Ignatieff was filmed talking about 'targeted assassination', it would have been interesting to have asked him …1) "For example, who could you see as being the 'target' of assassination?" 2) "Under what circumstances could you see 'targeted assassination' as a tool of foreign affairs, domestic affairs, politics … in what context could you see it occurring?Maybe someone in the MSM will ask him those questions.Great post.

  3. Speaking of Ignatieff, have you seen this attack ad against him that popped up the other week?

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