|From "Fred Checkers and the state of democracy in the NDP"|
April was a busy month with 33 posts of various kinds on The Left Chapter.
Here are the top five posts, in terms of hits, for the month of April:
1) Fred Checkers and the state of democracy in the NDP
It has long been apparent (as I have written about at some length before) that the drift away from any meaningful internal democracy within the NDP is a very pronounced one. The party is highly centralized, member resolutions are only symbolic and are totally ignored by the leadership and its clique come election time (frankly, it is not even clear to me why they bother with resolutions at their conventions at all anymore), the party will disregard its own constitution at will and invalidate internal elections or nominations it does not like (or seemingly stack them as the ONDP seems to have in the case of the disgraceful Adam Giambrone nomination) and the NDP will sometimes prevent members from even running for a nomination in the first place!
2) Elizabeth May needs to be at the federal leader's debate
In 1997 the leader of a seemingly failing party, that had received only 6.88% of the vote in 1993, as well as the leader of a decimated party that had been reduced to simply 2 seats, squared off in nationally televised debates against not only the Prime Minister of the day and his Reform Party opposition opponent, but also the leader of a Quebec based nationalist party that could not, and had no intention of trying to take, power within Canada.
3) 10 Vintage Toronto Postcard Streetscapes (and one bonus one of Port Credit!)
I am very fond of both vintage postcards and streetscape photography generally so I was thrilled to stumble upon a collection of Toronto postcards in a South Etobicoke antique store (called Treasure Hunt and located just east of Islington and Lake Shore) that were both.
4) Sorry NDP "Field Director" James Pratt...but Tom Mulcair is NOT the only leader "opposing" Bill C-51
Progressive politics in Canada appears to be heading to a new low.
Recently the NDP released a campaign video, narrated and presented by their "Field Director" James Pratt, in which he actually claims that Tom Mulcair is the "only leader who is sticking to his principles and working to expose Bill C-51".
But that is simply not true. It is ludicrously false in fact.
5) Is Harper's Last Day Coming?
There is a website selling buttons that celebrate, in advance of course, "Harper's Last Day" which they claim will be coming October 19, 2015. The buttons are available in "ironic blue" or in the colours of the three mainstream progressive parties, the Greens, Liberals and the NDP.
While to most on the left they express a no doubt deeply desired outcome, they also embody the contradictions that face Canadian "progressives" in the upcoming election.
I also wanted to take a proud dad moment to congratulate my 13 year old son, Nathaniel, for his first blog post, which actually was sixth overall and was virtually tied with the number five above! It looks at one of his favourite strategy games and you can read it here: Victoria 2's Communist Flags
As none of the food or Leftist Throwback Thursday blogs made the top five (though these two came very close), we also include links to the top two of those:
1968's Japanese Cooking Cookery Cards with Sushi, Tempura, & more: Vintage Cookbook TBT
Nixon Drinks Canada Dry (with a special appearance by Phil Ochs!) - Leftist Throwback Thursday
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Check out our review for the month of March!: March: Mulcair, Tory, Bill C-51 & more - The month on The Left Chapter in review