For the very first time, Canada's socialist New Democratic Party has a real chance to deprive Wall Street's junior partner, Bay Street, and Wall Street itself, of political power.
The New Democratic Party is labor's, and the people's, party in Canada.
Canada also has very vibrant and active Communist and Green parties, neither of which has the potential at this point to take power nationally, but whose participation in the upcoming Federal Election can help shape the direction of discussion, dialog and debate in a way which prevents Mulcair from being wishy-washy or opportunistically moving to the right.
Will Mulcair take into consideration what is going on in Manitoba's NDP in order to avoid costly dissension mainly because the Leader, and Premier, reneged on his promise not to raise the regressive and reactionary sales tax? It is good that Mulcair is focusing on raising taxes on corporations but he is kind of quiet about how Canada will go about taxing the multi-national corporations who have been stealing Canada's wealth.
Many left wing working class activists don't appreciate Mulcair's Obama-style politics, and for good reason... but, the NDP is not a corporate party like the Democratic Party; the NDP is labor's party and reflects the various thinking within the working class movement; which, unfortunately, still contains a strong dose of class collaboration which "progressive social democrats" like Tom Mulcair adhere to and this kind of thinking is hard to defeat if rank-and-file leftists don't strenuously bring forward their opinions and ideas--- especially about forming an anti-monopoly electoral coalition that makes it a point to single out the need to take political and economic power away from Wall Street and its junior partner, Bay Street. Make no mistake, both the Liberal Party of Justin Trudeau and the Conservative Party of Stephen Harper represent Wall Street's interests in Canada--- even more than they represent the interests of Bay Street.
Mulcair and the NDP have the opportunity to deprive Wall Street and Bay Street of political power which will severely weaken big capital's dictatorial power over the working class--- and this alone is a good enough reason to support and vote for Mulcair while building support towards depriving Wall Street and Bay Street of BOTH political AND economic power while putting the working class in a stronger position for bringing and end to capitalism in Canada which requires weakening the influence and power of big-business, especially the power of multi-national corporations.
U.S. workers have an anti-imperialist obligation to study what is taking place in Canada in a way that brings us into active solidarity with Canadian workers and we can't do this unless we understand the importance of the upcoming Canadian elections and our own stake in these elections from which cross-border solidarity will strengthen our own struggles--- especially if Wall Street ends up battered and crippled and on life support in Canada.
Wall Street is our common enemy and anything we can do to help weaken Wall Street's influence and power any place in the world is in our interests as workers.
I believe this is a revolutionary working class view that Tim Buck or William Z. Foster would have taken towards the upcoming elections in Canada.
No matter what your point of view, it is detrimental to the working class movement for workers here in the United States not to take an interest in what our sisters and brothers north of the border are thinking and doing.
I will be sharing a number of viewpoints on my FaceBook page and on my blog and I welcome the viewpoints of others, including those who disagree.