COLUMN: Duhaime – Mulcair aims to divide and conquer

- May 10th, 2012

 

 

 

by Eric Duhaime

New Democrat Party Leader Thomas Mulcair recently showed the true colours of his divisive politics when he compared the impact of the oilsands to the “Dutch disease.”

He was referring to the collapse of employment in the Netherlands in the 1960s after the oil industry pushed up the local currency and made the export of local products too expensive.

Contrary to what he claims, Mulcair should know full well there is absolutely no scientific evidence the Canadian manufacturing sector has lost 500,000 jobs as a result of an artificially high Canadian dollar. According to experts, his theory is barbaric science at best.

The manufacturing sector is currently losing jobs in every part of the western world, no matter the value of the country’s currency and no matter the scarcity or abundance of natural resources. Canada, like all other developed nations, is quickly moving from an industrial economy to a knowledge-based one.

What does Mulcair wish for? That our dollar become a northern peso so we can compete with China as a cheap labour paradise for mass-produced goods? That we stop importing new technologies to increase our rate of productivity?

By crying over the transformation of our economy, Jack Layton’s successor sounds like a relic who complains that the rural agricultural industry is declining to the profit of booming urban manufacturers. And unfortunately for the NDP socialist dinosaurs, there are fewer unionized workers in the new and modern world of innovative brains than there used to be in the old and dilapidated one they are nostalgic for.

Caveman Mulcair is trying to kill two birds with one stone: 1) Please the union bosses who are very generous to his party, and 2) Divide the country between the east and the west, so he can be on the side of vote-rich Ontario and Quebec against the government of the Albertan, Stephen Harper.

With 209 seats in the next Parliament from the three provinces he singled out as the victims — namely Quebec, Ontario and New Brunswick — his political strategy is quite obvious.

If Harper can form a majority government with few seats in Quebec, Mulcair guesses he could form a majority in 2015 without a significant number of MPs out west, just like in the good old Trudeau years.

But Mulcair’s vote-hunting might boomerang. One needs to remember that Mulcair has used the environmental excuse in the past when he resigned as environment minister from Jean Charest’s Liberal government in Quebec City before he got knocked out of cabinet.

Two weeks ago, the Montreal Economic Institute tabled an important study to show Quebec has huge oil resources. If La Belle Province developed only 10% of its known potential, it could drill more than $400 billion of oil.

And we are not even talking here about the other great resource wealth — shale gas.

Instead of trying to divide us to conquer, Mulcair should stand up as a national leader and use his credentials to reconcile the environment with the development of natural resources in his home province.

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6 comments

  1. Stephen Smith says:

    Divisive politics is Viagra for politicians, it gets aroused for the fight.

  2. Kevin Lafayette says:

    “Screw the west, we’ll take the rest” has been a wildly successful political strategy for at least two Prime Ministers. Only recently has the strategy failed; perhaps Mulcair thinks this is an aberration instead of the new normal?

  3. Jen says:

    The NDP have been getting away with their antics for years without the media ever bothering to even pay attention to seriousness behind this party in their radical ways.
    I cannot fathom how the media- the SNN included fell prey to the NDP orange wave googaa to Jack’s smile without once realizing that Jack and his party are more for redistribution of other people’s wealth to friends of the ndp.

    Here is what I find so stupid of the media.
    The ndp want to shut down the oilsands, where thousands and thousands of workers from across this nation work at. Even businesses for the oilsands are located across canada again more jobs.
    Yet every single day in the HOC the ndp scream hollow that there are no jobs; there are no jobs……’

    The ndp said that they are going to shut down the oilsands then why are they bitching and complaining that they are no jobs.

    Come on reporters you can’t be that stupid to not ask that question.

    Mulclair is trying to impress Quebec since quebecers are so easily indroctrinated. Fill their heads of milk and honey.

  4. Jen says:

    Eric, Do us Albertans a favour. Corner Mulclair, and plaster him that if he accuses our oilsands as Disease, to sign a deal with the government and provincial THAT NO MONEY NOT ONE DIME FROM THE DISEASE OILSANDS IS TO GO TO QUEBEC.

    Do it Eric do it over and over and over again.

    NDP jackass socialist frenchman Mulclair should prove his point. DO NOT ASK FOR OUR MONEY. PERIOD.

  5. Jen says:

    When Mulclair divides this country take my word for it BRAD WALL THE ONLY Premier of Sask besides Danielle Smith of Albertan who both stood up for the oilsands will not hesitate to do exactly that- shut down eastern canada from equalization.
    France will do the honours of supporting Quebec right Eric? Not likely.

    CBC has public funding money; maybe they can help Quebec.

  6. Jen says:

    One thing I can say is Pray pray that our country does not fall into the hands of ‘Socialism’

    I wonder how the PM can hold on trying to keep our country afloat when the opposition have no desire to do so but let Canada fall to rebuild it under Socialist Goverment.

    And from what I see with the media they DO WANT CANADA TO FALL; there is no pride, no love no desire to promote and protect our country.

    Come to think of it. Canada is a Socialist country therefore, I wonder why is the Conservative in power, busting their buns promoting our country overseas why? why waste one time energy to save canada from falling when the media and their ilks are not interested far less give a dam.
    PM Stephen Harper is just a man not a robot he can’t fight for this country when others go behind his back to demote our country. Why is he wasting time energy fighting for canada tending to our military?
    I guess he is canadian loves his country and will walk the end of the earth to save her.

    I have to thank foreign medias and the american newsmedia for showing pride for our canada. Just to hear them praise our country my country canada bring tears and swells of pride for this great nation.

    Keeping talking about our great country USA it is greatly appreciated since we don’t get that sort of media in our country. Too busy they are promoting Socialists.

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