NDP let the Liberals get to the left of them

There is still plenty of room for centre-left in this country. The NDP, in its rush to move to the centre, overlooked that

Editor, The Times:

Trudeaumania! I never thought I would see it twice in my lifetime … but there it is.

On the bright side, we won’t have to look at Harper’s ugly face anymore.

The downside for NDP supporters such as myself was that our party took one heck of a shellacking too.

The big mistake that Tom Mulcair made was to let Trudeau slide left of him, especially when it came to deficits.

Despite Harper’s claim that one wouldn’t recognize Canada when he was done, there is still plenty of room for centre-left in this country. The NDP, in its rush to move to the centre, overlooked that.

The election of a majority Liberal government might just be a big mistake.

This means there are no checks and balances on the ruling party. Just look at what Harper made of his majority.

The history of majority governments in Canada, both provincially and federally, is not a good one.

In a rational world there wasn’t any reason to give Trudeau a majority. His voting record didn’t vary much from that of Stephen Harper.

However, all of this is for the future to judge.

The people, as they say, have spoken.

Proving once more, as Winston Churchill said, “Democ­racy is the worst form of gov­ern­ment, except for all those other forms that have been tried from time to time.”

Dennis Peacock

Clearwater, B.C.

 

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