Quick Hits Episode 5: A Brief, Yet Triumphant Return

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We are all Xavier Trudeau/Nous sommes tous Xaver Trudeau.

Because I can’t understand steel tariffs, and because of the torrent of anger and vitriol that Colten Boushie case stirs up inside of me, we’re going to start with the literal least important possible thing to happen in the last couple weeks: Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s surreal visit to India for a state visit and meeting with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

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“One Evening as the Sun Went Down…” (The People’s Cold Front: Part 2)

It’s a good thing nobody’s paying me to write these. Otherwise, taking five years in between posts might make me feel a little bit guilty. 

For the Introduction, click here. For Part 1, click here

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The People’s Cold Front- The Tumultuous​ History of Canadian Communism (Introduction/Definitions)


Almost one hundred years ago to the day, in the former Tsarist hellhole that was the Russian Empire, the Russian Communist Party, led by revolutionary Vladimir Lenin, seized power, toppling the Russian Provisional Government in an event now immortalized as the “October Revolution,” despite the fact that it apparently took place in November.

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Russia is a silly place. 

The October November (?) Revolution led to the creation of the Russian Soviet Federative Socialist Republic (Soviet Russia), which later merged into the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics (commonly known as the Soviet Union or the USSR), effectively becoming the world’s first self-described socialist state and, later on, the first self-described socialist state to metaphorically eat itself alive.

Things really went downhill after Mr. Big was deposed, in my opinion. 

I did it. I made the hackneyed Rocky & Bullwinkle joke. Only God can judge me now.

The Mid-Fall 1917 Revolution sent shockwaves around the geopolitical landscape, with Western Nations (All of whom were either capitalist states or monarchies. Go figure.) immediately scrambling to try to kill the nascent Worker’s State in its metaphorical (presumably worker-manufactured and worker-owned) cradle during the Russian Civil War (1917-23). Nevertheless, the USSR prevailed, and it’s success served as inspiration for far-left movements in countries the world over, Canada being among them.

While Canadian Communist movements are certainly not privy to the same success as their capitalist contemporaries, the Canadian Communist Party is actually the second-oldest political party in Canada after the Liberal Party and has actually had representation in federal and provincial parliaments. I don’t think it’d be realistic to say that they’ll be getting representation again anytime soon, but the far-left in Canada has had an interesting history that’s worth telling. Especially since Alberta elected a radical communist as their Premier, or so I’ve been told.

You know, by morons!

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Quick Hits (BELATED, CANADA ONLY EDITION): October 25-November 1, 2017

It’s a relatively slow week. It would have to be, for Nunavut to make the news.

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Maybe someday, I’ll post something that isn’t regurgitated from the front page of Reddit! Wouldn’t that be nice?

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I could’ve put off writing about THIS week’s obligatory horrifying event if I had just gotten this out on time yesterday, but NOOOOO…..

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Jagmeet Singh, and What He Means​

For my previously published two-part preview of the NDP leadership election, click here for Part 1, and here for Part 2!

Full disclosure: It’s not really that much of a surprise to me that Jagmeet Singh was elected leader of the New Democratic Party. Polling during the NDP’s leadership election seemed to indicate that his efforts to bring new voters to the party was pulling the title of “favourite” away from previous frontrunner Charlie Angus, and towards Singh. I was pretty sure that Angus was gonna win in the third round because Singh didn’t have a whole lot of second or third ballot support, but I could just as easily see Singh winning in the second or third. One thing was for sure: It probably wasn’t gonna end in the first ballot.

And then he did. Because I am clearly not a pollster or a mathematician, and why should my uninformed opinion mean anything?

I should’ve figured out the jig was up when this happened, honestly. 

What I clearly did NOT accurately predict was how much first-ballot support Singh would have. Because, to put it in layman’s terms, he had a metric shit-ton. 53.8% of voters had Singh as their first choice. That is over 30% more than Angus’ total (19.4%), to say nothing of Niki Ashton (17.4%) or Guy Caron (9.4%). That goes beyond a landslide: It’s straight-up decimation.

But enough sober reflection and reconsideration of my abilities as a political commentator. Just what does Jagmeet Singh’s election mean for the NDP and for Canada as a whole?

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