I wrote a few weeks ago how an increasing and deliberate polarization of the political debate in Canada by the Conservatives and the NDP
was having the effect of both simplifying and dumbing-down the quality of
policy discussion and decision-making, as well as squeezing out the Liberal
Party of Canada in a left vs. right battle.
“I think we actually have a great opportunity for the Liberal Party to not play the politics of polarization, that both this party of the left and party of the right that are in government and official opposition are playing. Canadians are tired of voting against things. They’re tired of the cynicism people encourage in politics. They want to try to vote for something, and Canadians aren’t polarized. We’re people who accommodate, who get along, who look for compromises to try to figure out the best path forward. And the Liberal Party is the only party that consistently – when it’s doing what it needs to be doing – stands up for the whole country and says the same things in one end of the country as the other and doesn’t chose to divide between East and West the way Mr. Mulcair is doing and the way Mr. Harper has always done.”
“Even if you look at the assessments of public opinion, and you penetrate that a little bit and talk to people about what they want to see—do they want to be forced to make a choice between the Tea Party and the Occupy Movement?” he said. “I don’t think so. I think this phony, divisive polarization, which both Mr. Harper and Mr. Mulcair are specializing in, is bad for the country, bad for the world. They don’t represent Canada at its best. I think the Liberal party needs to get its act together.”