During a discussion at work today, someone asked me what the NDP would do if it formed government. My friend wanted to know why he should vote NDP. He wanted to know what the NDP would do in the first 500 days.
I didn't know how to answer that question so I talked about NDP policies, in a general sense as I understand them. But my friend was not impressed. He's not ideological and generally votes Liberal but voted NDP when Bob Rae won in Ontario. My friend also voted Progressive Conservative when Joe Clark was leader. Don't ask. I don't understand it.
Anyway, his question got me thinking. What would the NDP do in the first 500 days? I really don't know. I feel there's a crisis of social democracy / democratic socialism under way. The silence from the left is unnerving. For sure, there's a crisis of capitalism too, but way too many people are turning to the political right. That shouldn't be happening.
I would like to get my friend to vote NDP and I think he would if he knew what he was voting for.
Babblers can help by telling me what the NDP will, could, or should do in the first 500 days.
As much as I disliked Mike Harris and the Common Sense Revolution, it worked for him and his party. Too often I heard people say that like him or not he kept his word. I think they have a point - even though I disagree on many levels.
Could the NDP tell voters what they would do in the first 500 days and stick to it?
Would the NDP nationalize key sectors of the economy?
Would the NDP offer 'pharmacare?'
Would the NDP decriminalize or legalize drugs?
Would the NDP get Canada out of NAFTA?
Would the NDP make Canada the greenest nation in the world?
and more ???
Is it even a fair question to ask what the NDP would do in the first 500 days of government.