British Columbians should be concerned …very concerned … about events surrounding the recent revelations that interim federal NDP Leader Nycole Turmel was a member of the separatist Bloc Queecois AND also a member of Quebec Solidaire (Quebec Solidarity) the SOVEREIGNIST nationalist provincial political party.
And she made financial contributions too!
Does that really sound to you like someone who just signed memebership cards to help a friend? Does that really meet YOUR criteria, as a British Columbian, for a federal party leader who will show no bias in judging one province against another in backing competing bids for federal contracts ?
Turmel says she is now a federalist …but she only resigned from Quebec Solidaire last Thursday, after word got out that she held that membership card as well as Bloc Quebecois. Is that good enough for a federal party leader, who is supposed to represent fairly and equally all parts of the country?
Let’s face it, when it comes to issues of policy, power and, most importantly huge federal contracts ….. like those billion dollar navy shipbuilding contracts … anyone who thinks she will publicly call and push for BC to win those bucks and jobs over Quebec is dreaming in technicolour!
And how has Adrian Dix, who wants to be BC’s Premier, dealt with all this?
He defended her. Said she’s a federalist and he’s satisifed with that. No call for her to step aside in favour of someone more-acceptable to most Canadians as a national party leader.
Taking a stand like that … Dix looked more like a lapdog of the federal NDP than a real representative of British Columbians or BC’s interests on the national scene.
And what about BC’s NDP MPs?
Longtime federal NDP lapdogs …all of them.
Readers of this blog realized that during the last federal election. I repeatedly pointed out how the federal party was saying one thing in BC and the West and quite another in Quebec. It was really no surprise that so many Quebeckers went for the NDP : the party promised them almost anything any of them might want. Great for Quebec …not so good for the rest of us if they ever take power!
For example, out here, the NDP supported long-held demands by a burdgeoning BC population for fair representation in the House of Commons. But in Quebec, leader Jack Layton said that any increase in seats in BC, Alberta or Ontario … to reflect their growing size … must be countered by adding more seats to Quebec to ensure that province, even while declining in population, would still hold a full 25 per cent of the Commons seats, like it has now.
Huh??? In other words, make sure Quebec keeps its current favored position of power over BC … forever, even as we grow and their population declines. Can any loyal British Columbian support that guarantee of permanent inferior position for our province?
And where were our BC NDP MPs on this? Nowhere! I can’t find ANY references to ANY of them standing up for their own province and for fairness and justice on our behalf, when the federal NDP adopted that position. Lapdogs!
Nor did they stand up for BC or Western Canada when a New Brunswick Francaphone NDP MP came up with a Private Members Bill that would change a hundred years of equality of English and French-speaking judges on Canada’s Supreme Court … with expert translation services available for either .. and require instead, by law, that all new appointments be fully expertly bilingual. in other words, keep most Western Canadian lawyers and judges OUT ..no matter how brilliant their legal abilities.
BC’s NDP MPs went along with that discriminatory bill, because it pleased Quebeckers ..and, with the NDP and Liberals voting for it, the bill actually passed the minority-party dominated Commons ..only failing to become law when the Tories in the Senate turned it back.
Where were BC NDP MPs on that standing up for BC? Nowhere. Lapdogs to the national party.
British Columbian NDP supporterss, who are not party lapdogs, know very well the party is now in deep trouble in the West. And they can’t be impressed with how their BC NDP MPs have rolled over and failed to speak up or stand up for their province.
And Dix was also a “no show”.
If they want the NDP to avoid becoming just a Quebec voice in Ottawa, BC NDP members had better start speaking up, delivering that message loud and clear to their party …and, most of all, to their BC MLA’s and MPs.