The Honourable Thomas Mulcair, NDP leader: Support Idle No More in full and stop backing Stephen Harper's stances
I just read that you're encouraging Chief Spence to quit her fast. For some reason, you seem to think that Harper's meeting with the usual suspects is a genuine step in the right direction. You then say something about keeping the pressure on the Harper government to achieve even more.
What sort of "pressure" are you talking about? The "pressure" that's allowed Harper to pass two abominable omnibus bills?
Chief Spence's decision on her hunger-strike is hers to make. I'm concerned about her health as well. And, you would do well to realize that if anything, it will be pressure on Harper to do the right thing that will save Chief Spence, rather than putting pressure on Chief Spence to stop doing the one thing that forced Harper's hand.
Sadly, Mr. Mulcair, your lack of leadership and vision on this issue is the end for me. I see more passion and integrity from Elizabeth May on many of the most important issues than I see from you. I cannot support the NDP under leadership such as yours. This is a nation-changing moment in this country and you're missing it. You're coming out with the same old, mewling, "business as usual" that has brought Canada to this sorry state.
I leave you with this bit of analysis: The Liberal Party of Canada imploded on its own. It was the people of Quebec, the province with the strongest social-democratic culture in Canada, who made the NDP a contender. Furthermore, with the failure of neoliberalism, Canadians started to give the NDP a second look. It is the height of folly for the NDP to attempt to "move to the middle" so as to become just as bankrupt and futile as the Liberal Party of Canada.
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