Just so everybody knows, I joined the New Democratic Party today. This may make a difference to some people, it may not.
Some of you might ask: “Why the NDP? Come to think, why join a political party period?” Consider it the best way I can think of to express the belief that politics in Canada have drifted too far rightward, particularly considering the political proclivities of the nation as a whole – which drifts majority centre-left and has done so pretty much since World War II. This is not to say that I agree with all of the NDP’s party positions – I’m probably a bit more centrist than the party would prefer in a few areas, to say the least. But I am an avowed small-L liberal, and proud of the fact, and there’s only one party in Canada that seems particularly willing to be proud of liberalism along with me. Besides, if there are things about the party that I disagree with, what better place to try and affect those elements than from within, right?
Rest assured I plan to grow a Jack Layton moustache as soon as humanly possible in solidarity with The Beloved Leader.