Discussion in 'Politics & Diplomacy' started by wild goose chase, Jan 26, 2016.
With all that's going on south of the border, which candidate there would you like to see win?
I prefer Bernie Sanders to become president. I like his progressive views and is reminiscent of the NDP here.
Bernie would be my ideal candidate, but the problem is that he would need Congress to make any changes.
Hopefully the influence of Sanders will impact the bland, centrist NDP of Tom Mulcair.
I too feel like Bernie Sanders is the only candidate whose views I can really relate to, but I started this thread wondering what others felt.
Many Canadians I know have positive things to say about him and his plans and indeed around me I count many Sanders supporters among my American friends and co-workers.
I'm really surprised at his popularity right now and do hope that he wins -- on the one hand, they keep saying how hard it is to go against the establishment, but I also keep hearing about how his odds are getting better as he trends upward in the polls. Even if he doesn't win, I really hope his popularity sets a precedent for more progressive policies to be increasingly considered in the realm of possibility or better supported by the people.
On some topics, like that of decreasing inequality between Americans, better safety net, education, health care etc. I feel change can't come fast enough. I remember watching Obama being elected when I was a student sitting around in a US university and I know it sounds like a cliche, but as there was so much optimism around me, I naively expected at the time based on how I thought things were going, that the US might even be perhaps more like Canada than Canada itself in progressiveness (after all we had Harper then when Obama was elected), but reality turned out to temper such ideals as it is hard to move change forward in such a large and complicated country. However, since the US is so large and influential, if it does take a more progressive path, I personally think a lot of good can happen, including for Canada. I'm not jaded enough to refrain from holding out hope!
Yeah, I was actually surprised when the NDP last election shied away from its usual rallying cry. When someone like Sanders is bold enough to declare frankly that he supports socialist policies outright, which before everyone thought could kill any campaign stateside immediately, and campaigns firmly on it with conviction, it really leaves a lot to be desired for Canadians who supposedly have that reputation.
There was a recent Star article comparing Bernie to the NDP.
Would Bernie Sanders be so radical in Canada?
A good assessment. Of course Sanders sounds very radical in the US context.
I would say Sanders is pretty much ideologically identical to Ed Broadbent, who also focused on combating income inequality and expanding the welfare state, and also frequently pointed to the Nordic social democracies as a model.
I actually know two people who are active in the Liberal Party who are rooting for Bernie.
Bernie Sanders. Clinton is just an old out of date Conservative in Liberal clothing.
Bernie Sanders would be to the right of some Canadian positions!
Very early on, Sanders is 20 points ahead. No GOP numbers yet.
CNN declares NH for Sanders and Trump.
Feel the Bern.