Is The Left Too Disunited?
So, I was looking up some stuff on wikipedia about federal poltical parties in Canada, and I couldn't help but notice something. We have quite a few smaller parties that don't have a seat in parliament, and most of them (with the exception of the CHP. the Libertarians and the Western Block), are basically parties of the left. Granted, the United Party and the Progressive Canadian Party are probably closer to the centre, but that would still put them to the left of the Conservatives. Of course, it plays out with the larger parties as well, since the Greens,BQ, NDP and Liberals tend to split the left-wing vote the most in this country (I know some people here will argue that the Liberal Party isn't a left-wing party, but I think it's fair to say they still campaingn for left-leaning voters).
So I guess my question is, is the left too disunited in Canada? And if it is, why is it so?
I think it would be fair to say that the left in Canada is too disunited, and that's why the Conservatives are in power now (tough the election scandal may have something to do with that as well, but I'm still waiting for the final verdict on that). As for why the left is disunited, I'm not sure, but if I had to guess, I'd say we on the left have a tendency to put certain issues important to us above the issues that are important to others.As a result, we tend to demonize those who don't agree with us, which not only prevents us from working together, but also turns the general public off and into the arms of the right.
Now, I'd give an example of an issue that I think divides the left, but I worry that doing so in the first post would make this thread about that issue. So instead I'll just see what you guys think of my theory, and maybe chime in again later.