Let’s play name that quote who said, “I am a subject of the British Crown, but whenever I have to choose between the interests of England and Canada it is manifest to me that the interests of my country are identical with those of the United States of America.”? Was it John Diefenbaker or perhaps Robert Borden . No it was neither of those Conservative prime ministers it was Wilfrid Laurier, the father of the modern Liberal party. With the salacious talk of uniting the left this week many political pundits have lost if not their minds their historical memory. The Liberal party was founded originally on principles of being pro-small business and pro-free-trade. How the worm does turn.
The NDP on the other hand have a firm anti-capitalist and socialist background, this can be clearly seen when one looks at the prologue to the Regina Manifesto. This document calls for reorganization of not only society but the mode of production. These are classic code words for Marxist socialism. As well, the NDP revel in the fact that they are the moral conscience of Canada and would any members of the NDP want to give up their moral superiority for a glimpse of power. So getting rid of socialism would for the NDP be like taking away a bottle from a baby. It’s not possible. The Liberals would be better served if they took a long walk through the political wilderness then getting down and dirty with the NDP’ers.