(cross-posted at IBS)
On October 14, 2011, the BC Caucus of the NDP sent a letter to Finance Minister Jim Flaherty and Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird about FATCA. The letter states five objectives which the caucus said should guide Canada’s negotiations with the US on FATCA. (See BC Caucus Letter to Flaherty and Baird re-IRS, please read the objectives on page two). I and, I think, any reasonable Canadian could accept an IGA if it incorporates and respects ALL of these five objectives. I cannot support an IGA that fails any of these five, nor can I support a political party that would sell out any of these five objectives. It sure looks to me like a clear and excellent policy statement.
Tom Mulcair said in Toronto Thursday (see the other threads) that the NDP doesn’t have a position on FATCA and won’t until he consults his caucus. Sorry, Tom, but twelve BC members of your caucus actually listened two years ago to their US-born constituents and formulated a position before you were chosen leader. What’s wrong with that position? Why haven’t you endorsed it, and why have you waited this long even to answer questions about FATCA, refusing to date even to acknowledge receipt of emails sent to you from around Canada concerning FATCA?
The answer, my friends, may be blowing in the following quotation from a fund-raising appeal sent by NDP National Director Nathan Rotman about a week ago to all NDP party members.
“We’ve got some of the best talent in the world working with us here at New Democrat headquarters. For example, Jeremy Bird, an Obama campaign strategist and architect of the most impressive field campaign in electoral history.”
Aside from the exceptionalist (and arguable) characterization of the Obama campaign, please note that the only people named in this letter by Rotman are Mulcair, Tommy Douglas, Jack Layton, and Jeremy Bird. Bird isn’t a Canadian or an NDPer, and Mulcair isn’t fit to be mentioned on the same page as Tommy and Jack, in my opinion. But Mulcair and Bird are what NDP members are supposed to get excited about and are asked open their wallets for monthly donations from now until the election.
Just as disturbing, I seem to recall reading that at the April national policy convention of the NDP, some accredited delegates who had paid the convention fees had their credentials lifted and were expelled from the convention, for daring to exercise their rights of free speech by carrying placards on the convention floor, criticizing US drone strikes among other things, during a speech by a prominent member of the Obama team (I forget whether it was Bird or someone else). That smacks of Chicago-Democrat-style “democracy” as witnessed on world-wide television during the 1968 Democratic Convenion in Chicago (run by Mayor Richard Daley and his thugs) and also behaviour by the Obama forces at the 2008 Democratic Convention aimed against Hilary Clinton supporters, as reported by Atticus in various comments on this website and in private emails and conversations with some of us.
Have National Director Nathan Rotman and Leader of the Opposition Tom Mulcair sold their souls to the Obamacrats? Do we have in the NDP a Fifth Column of ACTUAL US persons wishing to undermine both the NDP and Canadian sovereignty? Are Chicago-style politics and US-style campaign strategies part of Tom Mulcair’s “vision” of “remaking democracy” in Canada? If so, that isn’t a vision, it’s a nightmare.
I am a citizen of Canada and only of Canada. I am a firm believer in Canadian sovereignty. I have been supporting the NDP now for more than 40 years. But I will not support any political party, never mind the NDP, that can’t figure out how to run a national campaign without asking for American “help” and opening the door to a Fifth Column subversion of Canadian sovereignty. If the NDP can’t figure out a Canadian campaign strategy without help from an Obama organizer from the States, why should anyone think they can run our country without “guidance” and “advice” from Washington, either? (There, Tory, Liberal, Progressive Canadian, and Green ad-agency writers, I’ve just handed you a gift. Please use it in good health.)
The NDP has forfeited any future financial support from me. It has forfeited my membership in their party. And, unless there is a radical change of the direction I am now seeing, it will forfeit my vote in all future federal elections and by-elections.
If you’re an NDP member, don’t sit on your hands and allow this subversion of what once was a proud Canadian party to happen. Write the national office and Mulcair, and your MP if he/she is NDP, and tell them what I just wrote above and told them in a letter to both of them and my MP Paul Dewar about a week ago. To which letter I have yet to receive any reply.
“American Woman, Stay Away from Me.” Remember that song? Revival time, I think. Gee Mulcair and Rotman, would you have banned this song from the April convention too? Thanks to Youtube, the Guess Who in 1970, still relevant and still stirring my soul:
(cross-posted at IBS)