There has been some talk of a coalition between NDPs and Liberals in order to guarantee that Doug Ford doesn’t win the Ontario Provincial elections. It is worth asking, why hasn’t the prospect of a Conservative-NDP alliance ever been proposed in order to guarantee the destruction of the Liberals?
There is certainly enough footage of NDPs and Conservatives teaming up against Liberals like Justin Trudeau, as was the case when Trudeau tried to limit accountability and eliminate Friday sittings in the House of Commons last year, however, it seems as though a common enemy just isn’t enough to bring them together.
The upcoming provincial elections in Ontario are somewhat of a microcosm of what is to come in the upcoming Federal Elections. The citizens of Canada are currently faced with a paradigm that can be outlined in terms of how much certain parties want to take and how much they are prepared to give.
The following serves as a structure for this outline:
NDP: Takes a lot (increased nationalization and increased progressive tax rate), gives a lot (increased funding for social services and public programs).
Liberals: Takes moderately (increased privatization, increased progressive taxation), gives moderately (increased funding for social services and public programs).
Conservatives: Takes little (increased privatization, decreased, simplified tax rate), gives little (decreased funding for social services and public programs).
All of these parties are relatively left wing insofar as they are all dominated by Progressive tendencies. The NDP and Liberals believe in excessive social progress and the Conservatives believe in Neoliberal economics.
While the Conservatives have the potential to slow down the tide of “social progress” (i.e. cutting funding for programs that encourage moral dissolution, sexual degeneration, religious decline), the NDP have the potential to accelerate it to a point where it is hard for the masses to avoid. While the Conservatives ultimately sell out to the global market, the NDP have the potential to nationalize our industries.
The idea of forming some kind of Conservative-NDP coalition is based on the hope that there are still some National Conservatives and High Tories out there on the right and that there are still Labour Leftists and Industrial Corporatists on the left. These groups have both been disenfranchised by Progressives and both have the potential to come together on the grounds of economic nationalism while trying to find that ideal point of balance between Social Conservatism and Socialist Populism.
There is a lot to be learned from Parties like the National Front in France in addition to many Scandinavian/Nordic Nationalist parties, who are prepared to make concessions on abortion, cannabis, healthcare, and welfare, while standing firm against mass immigration and against the promotion of homosexuality. These are parties that stand strongly in favour of the monogamous, heterosexual family unit and in favour of a monocultural and homogeneous domestic culture. These are also parties that advocate for the harsher punitive measures (like the death penalty) in countries with conscription (like Switzerland, Denmark, and Norway).
If there are still Conservatives who operate in the tradition of the National Conservatism that existed from MacDonald to Bennett, and if there are still Leftists who operate in the tradition of Mackenzie King and St. Laurent, then they must come together. There is a common tradition of economic nationalism that needs to be touched upon.
I am convinced the only way any kind of Nationalist movement will get ahead is through the merger of Labour-Left style Socialist-Populism with Populist-Right style Economic Nationalism. Candidates like Sanders (who at one point advocated against mass immigration, calling it a “Koch Brothers Policy”) and Corbyn (who stands against Israel and who favours Nationalization) need to merge with leaders like Orban (who advocates for economic nationalism and social conservatism) and Trump (who advocates for economic and civic nationalism). In terms of Canadian politics, this would look like a NDP-Conservative coalition, or it would look like a Nationalist option that facilitates this political demand.
The synthesis of Labour-Left Populism with Nationalist Populism could maximize populist appeal, and socialist populism becomes much more feasible in tandem with an economic nationalist political economy and a traditional/socially conservative culture to keep society productive. At one point this was embodied by the Alberta Social Credit Party, which was the dominant party in Alberta from 1935-1971, having manipulated the populist appeal of both Socialist and Nationalist tendencies while maintaining the traditional, agrarian culture of the population at large.
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