The other day, Chantal Hébert wrote in the Toronto Star that a Trudeau re-election was in the hands of the swing progressives. While it might be a bit early to spread alarm, it is easy enough to get a reading on those people as there are some of us in progressivebloggers.ca that seem to be at odds with Mr. Trudeau. While some of the progressives might say nasty things about Mr. Trudeau, when push comes to shove, they know they have no alternative.
There are only two possibilities for their vote. They know that a vote for the greens or new democrats is not only a wasted vote but helps the conservatives. And no progressive wants to help the conservatives.
But they will also help if they do not vote. That is really the only way the conservatives can win. If liberals stay home, we will be suffering under an uncaring conservative government. The conservatives will continue to destroy our environment. The conservatives will put an end to the workable childcare plan being put in place by the liberals. The conservatives will take Pharmacare off the horizon. And, would anyone, in their right mind, expect a conservative government to invest in the high-speed electric trains of our future.
That guy O’Toole is running around kissing union organizers, protecting his anti-vaxxer candidates and promising almost anything to voters for their vote. He did the same thing when he ran to be leader of the conservative party. The only reason he won that leadership was by Jason Kenney in Alberta endorsing him and his quietly being nice to the hard-line social conservatives.
There are also the swing progressives who park their vote with the NDP and greens. It is why those parties rarely perform as the pollsters promise. There are just too many progressives who lie to the pollsters.
The real danger with these people is if they actually do vote for the NDP. They do not understand that the NDP are their own worst enemies. If you have been puzzled in recent years about the number of progressive unions deserting the NDP, it is easy to explain. The NDP will talk a lot about higher incomes but the truth is that the unions that fund them are more conservative than progressive. They resist change—especially in the management of the union.
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