In Canada, the lobbyists are in charge. We’re the only ones who want to change it.
Justin Trudeau’s SNC-Lavalin scandal showed that corporate lobbyists are so powerful inside the Liberal Party they can get custom-designed criminal code amendments. They can get legal penalties reduced. They can get the Prime Minister and the Clerk of the Privy Council to pressure the Attorney-General to cancel their trial.
With their politician friends, corporate lobbyists have created an out-of-control economy that’s spiraling into inequality, austerity and a climate crisis.
The NDP-labour movement is a lot more than an electoral alliance. Which is why it needs to be so carefully nurtured and supported.
The NDP-labour partnership isn’t accidental. It’s not just an electoral alliance. Social democracy has always been about shifting power from lobbyist interests to the people. Not just to win elections — but to bring our economy under control.
I’ve written about this in my columns before. Many times. We need to shift power to movements. We need to shift power to cities and towns. And we need to shift power to working people. That’s the point of social democracy.
And that’s why our party’s relationship with the labour movement needs to be nurtured and carefully supported. Which is the work I’ve done my entire political life.