The Socialist Hokey Pokey


Okay, kids, line up, we’re going to do a little dance.

Liberal kids – shuffle to the left a little bit.  NDP kids – take one baby step to the right.

What, you’re all mashed into each other now?  GOOD.

I’m starting to think that we might need a two party system in Canada.  We just can’t seem to decide, and I think it’s because we’re divided into too many little factions.  Minority governments, while they do “keep people honest”, require an awful lot of time debating that could be spent working.  We’re all different, we all have our own agendas and our own values, I don’t think anyone can argue that.

I just think it would be more constructive to restructure the political Left to include all those agendas, and I think it would take just a few small compromises on everyone’s part. Recent elections at all levels have shown that it’s clear that most Canadians lean that way, but are broken into factions too small to defeat the Conservatives. 

So, if proportional representation isn’t going to be an option, maybe we need to go back to the drawing board and (I can’t believe I’m saying this) take a look at the American two-party system.  We don’t all have to be the same KIND of socialists, but if we can all agree on some basic values and work together, we can probably accomplish a hell of a lot more than we do all puttering and muttering from our individual corners.

Let’s play nice together!


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