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  •  Only further to the left (2+ / 0-)
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    The US Democratic Party is pretty centrist-centre right by Canadian and European standards.  The pitfall of having only two viable national parties, I suppose.

    "The state has no place in the bedrooms of the nation." - Pierre Trudeau

    by fishhead on Fri Nov 28, 2008 at 02:20:32 PM PST

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    •  Not really (0+ / 0-)

      It would mirror the Democratic Party rather well actually. The Liberal Party has long been led by DLC-types and has some center-right people in its ranks. The NDP is what our own progressive movement would look like if we had a multiparty system.

      I'm not part of a redneck agenda - Green Day
      Neither is California High Speed Rail

      by eugene on Fri Nov 28, 2008 at 03:21:47 PM PST

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      •  Good point, but they both support gay marriage (3+ / 1-)
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        decriminalization of marijuana and safe injection sites for drug addicts.

        So they would certainly be a bit to the left of the Democratic Party

        •  That's not enough (1+ / 0-)
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          To judge the overall composition of a political party.

          I'm not part of a redneck agenda - Green Day
          Neither is California High Speed Rail

          by eugene on Fri Nov 28, 2008 at 10:33:07 PM PST

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          •  Fair enough (0+ / 0-)

            But these paradigms are universally accepted in Canada.

            The Liberals are similar to Democrats due to their left-centre fiscal policy positions. But even they are to the left of Democrats on social issues like gay marriage, drug laws and gun control.

            And there is no question that the NDP is a socialist party.

            They are the party supported by unions. And they are most responsible for our national health care system.

            They also oppose personal and corporate tax cuts. The NDP prefers to spend that money on social programs, the environment and infrastructure.

            The NDP has railed against corporate greed and appeasement by Liberals and Conservatives since their inception. They have always been the party of the working poor in Canada.

            Their socialist cred is well-established.

        •  Uprated for TR abuse (0+ / 0-)

          That had better be a mistake.

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