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New Devotee Party 
18th-Feb-2010 12:40 pm
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The NDP is a party in Canada that is quite left of center in Canada. You see, in Canada, liberalism is not a dirty word. It's too bad that in the U.S. "liberalism" invokes a knee-jerk reaction in people who listen to Sarah Palin and Glenn Beck and wonder why they are losing their jobs anyway.

In Canada the New Democrat Party (NDP) want to take things even further in favour of fairness for everybody. There is a National Health Care system in Canada, but it doesn't cover prescriptions, eyeglasses, dental and hearing aids for those under 65. Under the NDP, Canadians would enjoy full health care. There would be a national day care system so that parents would no longer have to struggle trying to fit work in with raising kids.

Unions would have an easier time forming. Alas, it's needed here. The Wal-Mart model of hiring people for as little as they can get away with paying is alive and well here in Canada. Part time and contract workers are becoming more numerous and full-time, full-benefit work is disappearing. While CEO salaries aren't as outlandish here, the gap between the rich and poor is increasing. The NDP is stemming that tide. The NDP is strong, especially in Hamilton. NDP MPs regularly block legislation that would make Canada more like the U.S. You know, such as stuffing the prisons with more non-violent offenders, giving ever more tax breaks to businesses while making it so much harder for unemployed people to collect unemployment benefits. The NDP would extend those benefits and make if faster and easier to collect them. After all, the employee has to pay into the system. It makes no sense to deny these benefits to them once they lose their jobs. That's another kick in the teeth people don't need.

Canada would be closer to Sweden in social benefits if the NDP were in power.

It's time that poorer people stopped suffering and seeing what little benefits they have get taken away from them when times get hard and budgets need to be balanced. The Wal-Mart model is a ticket to the bottom. We cannot build a great nation on Wal-Mart wages and part time work.

I first took note of the NDP when we first moved here. Especially of MPP Andrea Horwath. An MPP is like a State Senator. They handle Provencial and local politics.

I saw her on TV and she had the same fire in her eyes and sincerity in oration as Barack Obama had when running for president. She's the daughter of a union man and knows the stuggles of the middle class. While others get on TV and have so much polish they look manufactured, Andrea Horwath has a lot of fight in her. And fight she does.

We had a problem getting Trillium. Trillium is the prescription insurance arm of the government. You pay a premium based on last year's wages and get the rest covered. It's an interim step towards government paid prescriptions. Anyway, we applied last year while Alex's citizenship card was pending. At first we asked that they just count my prescriptions, since they are 90% of our drug expenses. Then Alex's card came in and we send an amendment letter. Because there were two differing dates, some bureacrat simply denied the whole thing. But it gets worse. They deleted our case file and sent us a blank application. We had our accountant contact them. They were rude on the phone, said there was no appeal process. Period. If we didn't like it, contact our MPP.

That was an outrage I did not want to take. So I did. The response was swift. The Ministry of Health investigated and our original case file was reinstated and our benefits started immediately.

This is the sort of can-do attitude that I have noticed that MPs in the NDP have. I am sure that if more people knew that their politicans cared and could fix their problems, more people would vote. This past election, only 69% voted. The apathy obviously stems from people thinking that their votes make no difference. If people only knew. So I'm passing my story along and have become a member of the NDP "New Devotee Party" member. I can't wait to get my citizenship so I can vote and participate.

I'm perfect NDP. The older I get, the more I get it; that sharing the wealth is the only way to build a safe, secure country. Inequality will only cause discontent, unrest and finally danger as angry people who have nothing to lose act out. A safety net must be erected and kept in place.
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19th-Feb-2010 09:07 pm (UTC)
For now, deficits. As Andrea Horwath said last night at the meeting: This is the worst time for the government to tighten belts. If the government doesn't spend how can anybody else be expected to? The government HAS to borrow to pump money into the economy because no economy ever grew by shrinking, cutting and more cutting.

The problem with those short sighted companies packing up their toys and going to China is that one day China is going to call in all those loans, and ask to be paid for sacrificing their people. China are Maoists and Mao was a Stalinist. They both believed that people were their greatest asset and sacrificing today is going to ensure a better tomorrow for their people. I'm going to place a bet that when China has ensured financial dominance, the Chinese people will soon unionize, demand better wages and working conditions, medicine and when the companies complain and try to leave, they won't be allowed to. Their factories will be seized.

The piper always gets paid.
19th-Feb-2010 10:07 pm (UTC)
Ah but we're already facing a $30 Billion deficit thanks to all the money the government is pumping into the 5 Point Economic Recovery plan, which incidentally largely centers around tax breaks and incentives for corporations and a few throwaway rebates to try to keep us from revolting over the HST. They are pumping a ton of money into bolstering the economy but they don't see better benefits for the working class as a key factor in economic recovery. How much of a deficit can a country carry without its economy collapsing? And I'm more asking that out loud to remind myself to look it up by the way. As a % of our GDP unless I'm mistaken we're already in trouble with our current deficit, I don't know that we have room to carry further deficit than that?
20th-Feb-2010 02:25 am (UTC)
Oh, boy did Andrea have a lot to say about that damned HST. It's going to be a bad deal all around, with the consumer having to dig deeper into pockets and corporations getting tax breaks, no questions asked. The Samsung deal screwed Canadians too. Why isn't that 7 Billion dollars going towards local businesses instead of overseas. The money should be going towards public works, fixing the roads, the bridges, hiring more doctors and nurses, not closing beds. Dalton McGinty really pisses me off.
That's the problem, the deficit is rising but WE the people aren't seeing the benefits. The money is being misspent. Also in Hamilton, hospitals are going to cut out 1200 surgeries a year. Beds are going to be closed. Some schools are going to be closed too.
This is so WRONG! We need a stimulus package that is going to create jobs for the middle class. The rich are being quite well taken care of. We don't want to sink the way the U.S. is sinking. Harper wants us to be more like the U.S. We don't want. I moved out of the U.S. to escape the disaster I saw coming down the pike. Harper needs to go. The Liberals and the Conservatives need to stop acting like Democrats and Republicans (I.E. Tweedledee and Tweedledum)
20th-Feb-2010 01:03 pm (UTC)
Actually if you want feel free to email me about this at elixxir@gmail.com if you want to continue chatting about it. :)
18th-Feb-2010 06:31 pm (UTC)
I was an NDPer in the days when liberalism was a dirty word in Canada, under Mulroney, when capitalism won the war between economic systems. I remember hanging out at the Ottawa NDP headquarters and listening to Ed's speeches about hope and equality. I would have us swing even further to the left were we wanted minimum living wage, total health coverage, and even car insurance. There was hope then, we thought we could do it, I even ran for the NDP seat in Ottawa Center in '93, I didn't get the party nomination but I did help out a lot and I learned how things ran. Right now, I just want Harper out, I want the liberals to get their together, they tend to pick idea-logs with personality of toilet paper. It's like the entire country feel asleep and no one really cares anymore. WE have health care because of the NDP (CCF at the time), we need passion again in politics or Trudeau's warning of Canadian absorption into the US will become a fact, we already too close to the US for my liking, and it's like hocking docking with a sinking ship, the Capitalist raiders have raped the US economy and American is a generation away from becoming a bankrupt state. I like idea of sharing of the wealth and with our resources we can do it but it those resources the US needs which as they become more desperate, the more tempting we look to them. They would never invade or something like that but they could manipulate our economic and political structures so that it would seem like we wanted it. Most people think I am paranoid but trust me they have done it before.
19th-Feb-2010 09:16 pm (UTC)
The Hamilton Centre Riding Association meeting last night was missing a huge asset: young people. I've just been voted into the Executive volunteering committee for the Hamilton NDP and it was a fairly passionate meeting there with Andrea Horwath giving a short speech on why the HST SHOULD NOT BE PASSED. I've been tasked with putting together the webiste, newsletter and Facebook page. It's time to step into the 21st century and get young people interested.

You're right that the Liberals lack spark and personality. And no, Canada does not want to be the band for America's Titanic.

I knew that as soon as President Obama annouced that he was increasing the presence in Afghanistan, we were all doomed.

It's quite the quagmire. Harper needs to go. NOW.
19th-Feb-2010 09:30 pm (UTC)
I think we are screwed if the young people of Canada do not put down their iphones and ps3 controllers and understand that they have the most to lose if we do not take control of this country's destiny, this is the most affluent and educated generation ever and if they don't wake up, they will never understand what they have lost, what we all will lose.
19th-Feb-2010 09:41 pm (UTC)
I'm going to try my best to reach them. To make the site interactive would help. Sure, there will be crank comments, but those can be deleted and it still would be a great way for the young to speak their minds.
19th-Feb-2010 09:52 pm (UTC)
I wish you all the best.
20th-Feb-2010 02:17 am (UTC)
I'll let you know when the Facebook and Twitter accounts are up and running.
20th-Feb-2010 03:49 am (UTC)
Please do, I will be very interested :)
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