- Robin Brentnall
- June 18, 2011 - 13:38
It's time Canadians took back what Harper has and will take away. Every union and middle class worker should strike with the demand that Harper and the Conservative Caucus resign or the Economy will be blown out of the water.
- Herman Thind
- June 18, 2011 - 15:17
The challenge (from an outside perspective) is one which many unions may not want to hear. Having knocked doors in every recent election I've seen the trend of union workers actually supporting the right wing party in Ottawa. Something about stock cars, Tim Hortons, feigned interest in hockey, and jingoistic cheerleading has appealed to far more than right wing ideologues. The Harper "populism" is leading to a real dilution of the facts behind actual political ideology. If you ask the "ordinary" voter what they think about specific issues - and what party ideologies say about them - most Canadians would fall comfortably into the center of the political spectrum. Instead, we see an appeal to machismo and arrogance (from the right) which is resonating, disguising real intentions. An appeal to "reality-TV politics"... and a slowly growing "core of ignorance". Fact is, unions are losing their hold on their own members. There is a slipping away of intentional, informed voting. This ignorance to realities of political ideology is leading to many voting for those whose actual policies my harm them. I find it very hard to believe that unions would be able to galvanize all (or even most) of their membership into national general strikes. There is a HUGE education task to be done to grow political awareness among Canada's middle class. Until then, jingoism, massive TV ad buys, and "hot-buttons" will rule the day.
- June 18, 2011 - 19:58
I'm afraid I have no sympathy for the 'middle class'. They are but the other half of the system that controls the poor - the carrot offsetting the stick which is wielded in the form of cops and prisons. In fact, it is members of the 'middle class' that staff these instruments of oppression.