T-14: Red Door, Blue Door. Time To Open the Orange Window! #elxn42 #canpoli

Short History of Canadian Politics

I saw the above graphic on Reddit and it struck home.

The short term memory of Canadian voters always astounds me – many ridings across Canada will elect Liberals to defeat Conservatives, having apparently forgotten that only a short decade ago, the Liberals were the party that was seen as tired, out-dated and corrupt, much like the Conservatives are seen today.

The NDP has never had a chance to govern at the federal level and that’s one of their greatest appeals to me.  I’m very interested to see what they could do if given the opportunity to break the revolving “red door/blue door” cycle of the last 100+ years of Canadian politics.

Thomas Mulcair makes the point very well in his autobiography, “Strength of Conviction” when he talks about one example – how both parties have failed, repeatedly for over thirty years, to implement a national childcare strategy…

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Red door?  Blue door?  On October 19, let’s hope voters open a new orange window!

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  1. From Head Tale - T-12: Book ‘Em: Comparing The Leaders’ Books #elxn42 #canpoli on 08 Oct 2015 at 11:32 pm

    […] A couple posts ago, I included an excerpt from Thomas Mulcair’s autobiography.  As a librarian who previously spent nearly a decade in the Canadian book industry, that made me think it might be fun to compare and contrast some of the details of each leader’s book (full disclosure – I’ve only read Mulcair’s…so far.) […]

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