Rachel Notley is trying to get re-elected - in a province long ago captured by oil and oil revenues. This is what is called “pragmatism” - it is why Notley refers to the ideas copied just below as “naive”. Notley believes, I am sure, that there is no other way - in the real world, and that an NDP government, even one with pipelines and trade deals, is superior to the alternative, the newly formed ‘United Conservative Party’. There appears to be no other political party with the proverbial “snowball’s chance in hell”.
It is hard to disagree with this assessment.
The question is then - go for a realistic shot at power, and sacrifice principles - or stick with principles first?
Unless the ideas below become a sort of planetary goal, transcending nation and tribal affiliation to religion or civilization, I think the outlook for “The Age of Stupid” is witheringly bleak.
So I would go for principles first - and accept probable defeat at both the federal and provincial levels for the next election round.
Among the recommendations are an end to all pipelines and international trade deals, as well as calls for national child care program and studies into a basic, guaranteed income.
“It’s not just a movement in the United States,” Bond said in an interview with the Star. “It’s a movement that includes people from Canada and the U.K. and other countries. I’m going there (to Ottawa) for connections. I’m there to learn what I need to learn so that next time we don’t fall short and that we win.”