Canada’s political parties: Can their names help them re-commit to their respective missions?

Except the Bloc Québécois (meant for Québec only), all our federal political parties’ names include one of the most beautiful words in the world: Canada!

To begin with, perhaps the term “Canada” can serve as a critical reminder to always aspire to keep Canada first, that is before our ideologies, personal considerations, lobbies’ interests, or foreign pressures?

In addition, and to describe its respective vision of Canada, each party has a meaningful term that has or could contribute to advance/redress our country, in one way or another, as follows:

The term “liberal” in the Liberal Party of Canada is supposed to be all about liberal thinking, liberal policies, and respect of freedoms. Why doesn’t it revive itself around these principles anymore?!

Th term “democratic” in the New Democratic Party of Canada refers to the added value of a neo-democracy that is oriented toward social programs/socialism. Why can’t socialism still be envisioned in a healthy way like the latter, that it without falling into the trap of “racialization” of social ties? The latter comment also and particularly applies to today’s Liberal Party of Canada (with Mr. Justin Trudeau’s as PM).

The term “people” in the People’s Party of Canada refers to the nature of this new party, which is more people-centred and less [big] government-centred. The latter seems particularly appealing from an economic perspective like the promotion of personal responsibility, free market, innovation, and thus productivity (Libertarian). Perhaps the potential political risk of possible excesses of this party would be to stretch its vision or mission to areas where governments can/should play a responsible role.  

The term “green” in the Green Party of Canada is a beautiful colour symbolizing the need to respect/value our environment. Perhaps the political risk of possible excesses of this party would be to be at the other extreme of the People’s Party of Canada: Aspiring for more control of our [big] governments (Communism).

The term “conservative” in the Conservative Party of Canada seems to be needed to conserve or preserve our values, economy, and country. However, the political risk of possible excesses of this party would be to fall into the trap of the rigidity of social conservatism.

The term “bloc” in the Bloc Québécois is interesting because it implies the common interests or working toward those common goals. Ironically, this name (of a party toward the centre-left) is also inspiring for the rest of Canada because it shows us that no need to add any adjective to whom we are: Canadians, period. Québeckers, period.

The term “independent” in those candidates running on their own to serve Canada reminds us of their independence of lobbies or the establishment. Independence is honourable; Sometimes it can eventually involve partnership with other parties.

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