There are barely 2 weeks left before Canada knows who will be the next leader of the NDP.
There are 130,000 members of the NDP entitled to make this decision; and some 60,000 plus One hold the future of Canada in their hands.
Your choice – as one of those 60,000 plus One – can change the history of our country in a way that is revolutionary.
You can choose to do things the same old way.
Or to make a decision that will propel our country to the forefront of modern democracies.
And you can do it by deciding whether you want a modern, progressive, democratic country, or simply more of the same old squabbling, ineffective, tiresome politicking we have practised for the past two or more decades.
Before you decide, please take a moment to think about what happened on May 2, 2011. On that day, hundreds of thousands of voters in Quebec decided to do something extraordinary. They decided to put aside the past, and to vote for change. They wanted an end to pointless bickering, and a new beginning, one that was inclusive rather than divisive.
Their decision to vote for the NDP was a historic challenge to the way we normally carry on our politics.
They wanted change.
They wanted inclusiveness.
They wanted an end to the tyranny of our outdated electoral system, that has resulted in a right wing, socially repressive, totalitarian-inclined Conservative Government running this country, despite a 60% vote for other parties.
You can help those voters by taking a second step along the road to a transformation of our stale, outdated, regressive politics.
You can choose as your leader a man who stands the best chance to bring about a shift in the tectonic plates that are the foundation of our way of practising politics.
That man is Nathan Cullen.
If you vote for Cullen as your new leader, you will be joining him in an effort to revolutionize our country.
With him leading your party, the following magnificent actions are probable within the next half a decade:
- The replacement of the Harper right wing Conservative government by a new government, more responsive to the needs and wishes of the bulk (over 60%) of Canadians.
- The beginning of an era of cooperation between progressive parties (the NDP, the LPC, and the Greens) with each party retaining its separate existence, but working together as a coalition government with an agreed program of progressive initiatives being carried out in the first (and later) terms of that coalition government.
- The probable election of a new leader of the Liberal Party in 2013 who shares Nathan's pre-election electoral cooperation, and is willing to join hands with the NDP and the Green Party to bring about substantive electoral reform which gives value to each vote cast in this diverse country of ours.
- A referendum – properly run, financed by the federal government, with adequate discussions and education – on a new system of modified proportional representation, designed to end the fighting between regions in our country, and to make sure that each province sends MPs to Parliament reflecting the number of votes cast for each party in our elections.
- The restoration of respect and civility in our House of Commons, with our elected MPs being given the power to participate in a meaningful way in the governing of our country.
- Greater participation in our politics (as voters in our elections, and as participants in our public space) by our younger voters.
If you choose any of the other candidates, I fear that our chance to enter into this new era of more meaningful democracy and inclusiveness will not happen, because the Harper Tories will divide and conquer in 2015 as they did in the past three elections.
Please consider the issues carefully. Please use your vote to better our democracy. Our future lies in your hands.