Also not a card carrying member of any party and feel our big two parties have favoured establishment and entrenched interests over the common people for decades
Really sucked we lost Layton when we did as it finally looked like team orange could break the blue vs red deathmatch federally for once...
The world has changed massively and this lot of politicians (all parties) is not up to the task of leading Canada through it. It's all theatre and bad theatre at that. Fewer and fewer people are voting, because, why? It's musical chairs and backroom deals.
I don't know about Jack in hindsight. I voted for him repeatedly and knew Olivia, but I was absolutely dismayed when the very first thing Jack did in office as leader of the NDP was to vote with the PCs to agree to bomb Libya. I thought they were pacifist. Turns out, not at all. They create wonderful images of how they are, but in reality, they are actually just self serving politicians. The last straw for me and the NDP was During the G20 when Olivia, then an NDP MP, was in Toronto dining with the Indian Prime Minister and other politicians for the G20. This, when Torontonians were kettled in the pouring rain by a circle of nameless police thugs in riot gear. , some of our TRIBE members were among the kettled.
Olivia was the only person who could have stopped it by going down there herself. It would have pulled the world media spotlight there and immediately freed those people. It was smack in the middle of her riding. It was on live TV. She hid away and did nothing for those people. I was texting her all afternoon about what was happening and telling her to go down there, but she did not respond, she was enjoying fine wines and cheeses with fellow politicians, far more important than her constituents. Than Torontonians.. It was irresponsible and frankly, shameful. But revealing. Had she left that dinner and gone down to help those people I would have voted for her forever. Now, I know she's completely full of shit, just like the rest of them.
They all do what they want and everything politicians at this level do is carefully planned and contrived. They are always thinking 4 or 5 steps ahead, like those pool players who make a shot that leaves the balls in the best places only for themselves. Getting re-elected is all they care about fundamentally. I think they are perhaps parasitic or perhaps even fungal in nature.