When I first came to Canada in 1966 from the American South I was happy
to be out of a country that was, in my opinion, becoming increasingly
sexist, racist, militaristic, and where fundamentalist Christian
religion condoned all of the above.
To my relief, not only was Canada
not involved in a cruel and senseless war (Viet Nam) but had a history
of socialist thinking that was unheard of in the States. The “Waffle”,
commonly described as the left wing of the NDP, and blatantly socialist
oriented, fascinated me. I immediately joined up.
forty five years later I find the Harper government not only
championing unjust wars and threats of wars with righteous aplomb, but
as well as trying desperately to break unions, undo health care, bring
back the issues of birth control and abortion through his back benchers,
deny science, and stealthily practice fundamental religious beliefs by
egging Israel on to bomb Iran in order, in my view, to bring the
“Rapture” and fulfill Biblical scripture.
Not to mention trying, in my
view, to criminally rig elections.
that privatization is the economic mantra for both the Harper
government and the BC Christy Cark government and as this continuing
privatization brings more pauperization for the people, while further
enriching the one percent, what’s the solution?
What’s the solution
when people become so improvised by privatization that they can’t buy
the things made by machines? When most of the nations’ money slumbers
in off shore bank accounts? When nothing can move because one small
group has it all? I believe the only antidote to privatization is
yes, nationalism means socialism, real socialism, not just a theory
tacked onto the back of a capitalist structure that is riddled with
corporate corruption. With a bow of gratitude to the NDP’s Tommy
Douglas for Canada’s universal health care plan, I contend that we
Canadians, having lost the “Waffle” wing of the NDP, do not have a home
grown Socialist Party.
is first, and foremost, the recognition that there will never be any
fairness and justice in a country if the country’s banking system is
controlled by private banks. All of our banks in Canada are private
except for one…The Bank of Canada. The Bank of Canada is a public bank
and it belongs to us.
The government of Canada can borrow without
interest from The Bank of Canada for public works, military spending,
health care, etc., whatever it needs to run the country. However, all
Canadian Prime Ministers since 1935 have been persuaded, one way or
another, by the private banks that it would be good for the country to
borrow from them instead of from the Bank of Canada, as then the private
banks could charge compound interest that would be paid by citizens
through public debt. This is wonderful for private Canadian banks
(check their profits) disastrous for us (check our load of private debt)
and our national debt.
second major recognition of any country that is working toward
Socialism is that it must make haste to get its natural resources in
hand. This means that a country’s natural resources such as water, oil,
gas, mining and forestry must be under direct public ownership, and not
and private companies operating in Canada would laugh at the suggestion
of nationalizing Canada’s banks, water, oil, gas, and trees. It’s
because they believe these natural resources belong to them and when
they stopped laughing at any suggestion of nationalizing “their”
resources they would shout “Communism!” and then sit back, still
chuckling, as if that accusation would settle the matter.
accusation of godless Communism is thought to frighten passive Canadian
But no, it doesn’t settle the matter. Communism implies such an
advanced citizen consciousness that it doesn’t need the state and this
exists nowhere on this earth.
my opinion, if we don’t become Socialists in its most fundamental
sense in Canada, if we continue to depend only upon our natural
resources in corporate hands with next to no manufacturing base, then I
agree with those who say we are set to become a third world country.
Help! Bring back the “Waffle”!