Sunday, April 24, 2005

Jack Layton’s Socialist Strategy – An Election Ploy or Political Suicide?

Paul Martin’s federal liberals are mired in scandal. The polls have them trailing the Conservative party as they desperately try to avoid an election. After watching the Prime Minister beg Canadians to stay in power during a pre-recorded television address, socialist NDP leader Jack Layton has offered an olive branch. Jack Layton is willing to prop up the most corrupt federal government in the history of Canada if the liberals remove a tax cut from the upcoming budget.

The proposed budget includes a cut in the corporate tax rate from 21% to 19% and removes all tax surcharges, cuts which would amount to about $4.6 billion this year.

The socialist NDP has always been adamantly opposed to tax cuts. Members of Canada’s most extreme left-wing party favor huge tax increases to pay for every worthless idea they can dream up, from building giant windmills in the arctic to putting warning labels on bottles of beer. The socialist NDP is also the party that is pushing hardest for same-sex marriage and legalized prostitution in Canada.

The socialist ideology of the NDP has always been so left-wing to the extreme that they never win more than 25 seats in the 308 seat Canadian Parliament. The question is, has Jack Layton resigned himself to the reality that the NDP will never be a mainstream party and decided that selling out is the only way to advance socialism in Canada or is Jack Layton making an election ploy?

One idea has been advanced which suggests that Jack Layton’s offer may be nothing more than an election ploy to seal the liberal’s fate. By making this offer they are showing Canadians that the NDP is willing to do whatever it takes to make this minority government work. As soon as the liberals fail to give in to one NDP demand then Jack Layton can simply jump on board with the rest of the opposition and topple the government while saying that the liberals were simply impossible to work with.

Jack Layton may think that an offer to sell out Canadians by propping up the liberals is a brilliant election ploy, but in the end, it may be nothing more than political suicide.


At 9:27 a.m., Blogger King said...

Layton is a fool and it's a bad idea for the NDP because if they prop up the Libs then they'll have to answer for them come the next election.

At 11:03 a.m., Blogger VW said...

Not necessarily. This could be Layton's best chance to wield influence on a national level, one on a part with the David Lewis years of 1972-74.

I'll explain what I mean in my post here.

At 12:09 p.m., Blogger ed_in_cda said...

As I posted previously,

Q. What's the difference between Paul Martin and Jack Layton?

A. Nobody thought Martin could be so stupid.

At 1:24 p.m., Blogger Canadi-anna said...

While it's true that this might be Layton's best chance to have some influence, it remains to be seen whether his loyal followers will want to be enveloped by the cloud hanging over the Liberals. NDPers tend to be principled. I generally disagree with them on policy, but I hope they won't want to sell their souls for a few concessions on the budget.

At 5:44 p.m., Anonymous ET said...

Is Layton making another 'Deal with the Devil' (ie. Karla Homolka) which yet again, sets up a situation that perverts justice?

At 6:23 p.m., Anonymous Anonymous said...

Laytons just being a suck to get attention. He's hoping to snag some of the more left wing defectors, but it may backfire with him hanging from P.M. Dithers apron strings.

At 6:42 a.m., Anonymous Anonymous said...

We can only hope that the NDP maintains a limited role in Federal politics. Their membership of a few misguided, self-professed intellectuals who can somehow muster the support of a few more misguided, economically challenged "ne're do wells" who expect hand-outs rather than personal contributions of effort and work is not what this country needs. Canada needs responsible, reliable, accountable leadership and that certainly is not what the Liberals or NDP offer. It is most unfortunate that when Mr. Trudeau formulated his Charter of Rights and Freedoms that he did not add a third section titled "Responsibility of Canadians". Rights and freedoms of a society without personal responsibility is a sham and that is what we have been fed for years it seems. We need to bring this great country together not tear it apart by petty divisiveness. Is there anyone "out there" who can lead?

At 7:36 p.m., Anonymous René said...

I would not be surprised if Martin accepts Layton's olive branch. After all, a person who would do what he has done to date can surely find words to rationalize prostituting himself to the NDP in order to stay in power a little longer.

Should this happen I believe that the NDP would garner votes from some folks on the left who might feel good about maintaining higher taxes for businesses. These votes would, of course, come out of the hide of the liberals thereby increasing the Conservative's chances of winning seats in the months ahead when this crooked party is defeated in the House.

At 2:55 p.m., Blogger McGuire said...

What has happened IMO is that by agreeing to even consider selling out to Layton he has trapped himself in a no-win situation. If he goes thru with what layton wants he'll piss off his right-wing support & he will still lose support to the NDP on the left. If he doesn't cave in to the Neo-Communists the opposite will happen


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