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Political Powershift in Canada

The birth of a blue/green hybrid pirate party.

ELOI BRUNELLE

By 2015 Canada will have endured almost a decade of Stephen Harper’s Conservative rule. While the majority of Canadians consider theirs to be a green loving, environmentalist, peace-keeping nation, their Conservative government has been shrewdly unraveling these basic threads of Canadian identity.

One would think that assaults on the national character would draw the anger of the people, but strangely the opposite has happened. As the three main leftist parties compete with each other for votes, the right is rallying behind a unified single party. Now the Conservatives have more power than ever: by winning only 40% of the popular vote during the last election, they still beat out their fractured rivals. If this game continues, they’ll have enough support under the current distorted electoral process to govern for years to come.

Only the young spirit of Occupy has the power to heave the Canadian political landscape onto a new trajectory. Consensus … Inclusion … Horizontalism … a fiercely green nation fighting the intrusion of Big Oil, with a heartfelt peacekeeping role to play among nations … a surge of this kind of energy into Canadian politics could ignite a mighty turnaround back to Canada’s spiritual roots. Imagine if hundreds of thousands of young Canadians were to pledge that as soon as the leading opposition parties – the New Democrats, the Liberals, the Greens – merge into a single new hybrid blue/green pirate party then they will rally all the intensity and ingenuity of their generation behind it …

The political will is there. A February 2012 survey by Leadnow.ca, an independent Canadian pro-democracy organization, found overwhelming support for coordination among opposition parties to oust Conservative incumbents and pass electoral reform. Eighty-five percent of respondents said they would join a new hybrid new political party that rallied behind this plan.

Can we shift Canada’s destiny back into gear? The recent student uprising in Quebec leads the way … let’s create a wave of revulsion against Harper’s right-wing arrogance … and then stir up some merger mania among the Greens, Liberals and NDPers.

At this historical moment when capitalism is in crisis and youthful revolts are breaking out everywhere, all sorts of weird and wonderful things are possible …

CHANGE THE POLITICAL DESTINY OF CANADA

Start the process rolling by floating the #UNIFYCANADA meme here:
greenparty.ca/contact
ndp.ca/contact/
liberal.ca/contact/

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Anonymous

Pirate party means taking from the bad guys (them) and giving to the good guys (us).

In other words, a party based on theft.

Anonymous

We don't want a two-party dictatorship in Canada. Although this new "United Left" party would be better than the Harper party, it would be full of neoliberals and turn into a "centrist" government as soon as it gained power...

What Canada really needs is some sort of Nationalist Party. A post-partisan coalition of Canadians who will take back Canadian sovereignty from the US and take back democracy from the multinationals and their neolib puppets in parliament. I'm sick and tired of being satellite state. It's time for Canadian independence.

Anonymous

We don't want a two-party dictatorship in Canada. Although this new "United Left" party would be better than the Harper party, it would be full of neoliberals and turn into a "centrist" government as soon as it gained power...

What Canada really needs is some sort of Nationalist Party. A post-partisan coalition of Canadians who will take back Canadian sovereignty from the US and take back democracy from the multinationals and their neolib puppets in parliament. I'm sick and tired of being satellite state. It's time for Canadian independence.

Anonymous

The Liberals are not "left wing". And this idea is terrible, bound to reproduce the results of the United States, where there are only 2 parties with a chance of winning and both have nearly identical platforms - both equally corrupt and equally removed from common peoples' desires and opinions. Here are some ideas
- Industrial Democracy (workplace democracy)
- Direct Democracy (no representatives or parliaments, harness the power of the internet to let all people vote on all issues and bills that affect them)

Anonymous

Oh, and what the hell is a blue/green pirate party? Speak English (or French, or any other human language for that matter)!

Anonymous

atsamaddah wid da blue/green pirate party?

everyone will vote for a pirate party, u got pirates n ships n rum n fightin n stealin n stuff

pirates stand for free stuff n that's what we occupiers want too

free stuff

and a good time no work juz play

Anonymous

I believe the "blue/green" part refers to the common color association in which red is conservatism, blue is liberalism, and green is... whatever the Green Party is. In others words, no conservatives allowed in this party.

As for the "pirate" part, I'm pretty sure its just a meaningless buzzword meant to appeal to the rebellious teen types (i.e., Adbusters' main audience).

Anonymous

You know you could just solve this whole problem with preferential voting, like Australia has. Google it.

psema4

"Merging the left" is not the solution. Nor is continuing to support "the strong, stable majority" that the Harper Government claims.

In addition to Electoral Reform, a new kind of politics and a new breed of politicians are required. IMHO, We need to get passed the whole left/right spectrum thing. Now *that* is a Pirate value:

Like more than 3 dozen countries, Canada already has a Pirate Party. In fact, we were the first officially registered Pirate Party outside of Europe.

Additional Info:
www.pirateparty.ca

Pirate Party

Disclaimer: I am a member of the Pirate Party of Canada

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