An empirical opinion of
political Ideologies in Canada

2.1 – The Story of “Mouse-land”

Tommy Douglas in 1944 narrated the story where mice, by switching their vote from: a white cat, to a black cat, to a grey cat, did not improve their lot.

The trouble wasn’t with the colour of the cats. The trouble was that mice were giving away their power to cats, and cats naturally have a political ideology that looks after their own interests.

Tommy Douglas explained that one day the mice got enlightened and stopped giving away their political power to cats of any colour. Mice started electing their own fellow mice to legislate their rules.

Projecting this 72 year-old anecdote to current political ideologies, by switching our vote back and forth between the red party and the blue party, has not brought social equity. Instead, changing colours has only enthroned a supreme elite class.

All political parties, like the cats changing colours, have the same or similar interests. They all sound altruistic, at least, during election campaigns, yet their corporate or party agenda, subordinated to efficient marketing institutions with demagogic platforms, is not the same as the people’s vision.

 

2.2  Blue Party Ideology

One of the main political forces in Canada is the conservative ideology, which is not necessarily synonymous with conserving the environment, but is primarily focused on conserving the economic status-quo. That is, protecting private property and maximizing profits.

The economy is personified, existing as a self-aware entity, and it is prioritized, given supremacy over the common good.

This hierarchical ideology benefits, above all, financial investors and private property owners.

Under this ideology, the relative economic success of the working class becomes dependent on paid employment and on the whims of a boom-and -bust market economy.

The Blue Party Ideology appears beneficial to ambitious investors, tribal workers and opportunistic consumers.

Blue Ideology believes on the benefits of a “trickle down economy”, based on a cyclical success of exploiting labour, and exploiting natural resources from around the world.

 

 

2.3  Yellow Liberal-Ideology

Seen from the Far-Right, every thing on the left appears Red. Seen from the far-left, everything on the right appears Blue. In fact, it is centre Yellow.

The Yellow ideology tries to balance between universal human rights, and individual freedoms; it also intends to manage a mixed economy of free-enterprise and the welfare-state.

Yellow-Liberal ideology, in principle, is neither monolithic “right” nor revolutionary “left”, but tries to be a pragmatic “centre”.

The liberalization of economic enterprise, religious freedom, and cultural rights, in perpetual tension between individual freedom and collective good, is an attractive ideology.

However, because free enterprise is based on competition which promises rewarding profits, most people, in our materialistic culture, get attracted to the challenge of competing and possibly winning more than others.

And because the not-for-profit, co-operative system of communitarian activities, is less challenging, and less motivating, the ideological Yellow inherently looses its centre of balance and tilts to the Right.

This political off-balance generates a spiral effect: business sponsor electoral campaigns, business lobby legislators, and ultimately business dictate policies which are often in conflict with the collective good.

 

2.4   Green Party Ideology

The Green Ideology is an environmental movement transformed into a political party.

Literally and figuratively speaking, Green is a blend of Blue and Yellow of many shades.

Green ideology is mainly concerned with alleviating the ecological symptoms, to prevent the climate change that is eroding the environment.

Officially, the Green platform includes social justice concerns, but their main trust is Green industry, Green economy and Green Jobs.

The environment is seen as independent from Right and Left ideologies. Communism and Capitalism are seen as arguments of the past and meaningless to Green policies.

 

2.5 –Orange Labour Ideology.

The Orange affiliates, similar to the Yellow followers, advocate for a balance of justice between individual property rights and commonwealth.

In other words, a compromise between socialism and capitalism, as generally practiced in the Western World, also known as Social Democracy.

The Orange ideology, similar to the Yellow ideology,
is also influenced by the sponsoring of labour unions interested in workers’ benefits, and business owners interested in paying less taxes.

As we can see in the colour spectrum, Orange has shades of Yellow and red.

 

2.6 – Red Ideologies

Red ideologists claim that the environmental degradation and social inequality are a direct result of unfettered Blue capitalism.

One of the Red ideologies, Christian communism, is a two thousand year old theory based on the teachings of Jesus according to the Book of Acts, Chapter 2 :44 ”And all that believed were together, and had all things in common; 2:45 “And sold their possessions and goods, and parted them to all men, as every man had need.”

Christian and secular communists, Marxist-Leninists, International Socialists, and Trotskyists share the same ideals of common ownership of resources, participation on the means of production according to individual ability, and communal control of the distribution of goods and services according to need.

Although Christian Communists, and the many shades of Red Secular Marxists are ultimately the same, their different approaches of how to establish a communist society, divides their efforts.

All the political ideologies in Canada are further complicated by the British system of governance

 

2.7- Government by Parliamentary-Monarchy

The 150 year old Dominion of Canada is governed by a political ideology of Parliamentary Monarchy.

According to UVic Professor James Lawson,
the Queen, through her Governor General, continues to exert sovereignty over parliament’s decisions, by “sufferance”, in other words, the Queen is sovereign, as long as her subjects do not object.

2.8 –  Governor General and Prime Minister
Have Supremacy Over All Members of Parliament

While the citizens of Canada elect their representatives of Parliament, citizens do not elect their Prime Minister. The Governor General of Canada, has the constitutional power, given by King George VI under the “Letters Patent”, 1947, to select and to dismiss the Prime Minister of Canada.

Greg Felton, a Vancouver reporter, launched an unsuccessful petition, in November, 2013, asking Governor General David Johnston to fire Prime Minister Stephen Harper, who was allegedly governing undemocratically or illegally by proroguing parliament, that is, temporarily closing it.

 

2.9 – Beyond Monarchy and Political Parties.

From the Tommy Douglas’ Mice Story, we can interpret that we must transcend above the tradition of changing party colours from Blue to Red and all shades in between.

This is what we’ve been doing for 150 years, We might consider now changing our representative political system with a monarchy into a system of direct democracy by referendum.

Or, gradually start with a non-binding plebiscite system where we the people can participate on relevant social policies rather than continue giving away, unconditionally, our legislative power to a representative of any party-colour.

The next chapter focuses on some detrimental contradictions between the few supreme representatives in government, and the majority of disempowered citizens.