A couple weeks ago I wrote about Take Canada Back- an initiative to get Occupiers to travel to Ottawa for ‘the mother of protests’. I left a warning for people that the entire tone of the event seemed a bit dodgy- perhaps the NDP and the unions were going to use Occupy or their own benefit. Well, that happened- and it happened in style…
People from Occupy Toronto left early yesterday morning, on a 6:30am bus. They marched through Ottawa to Parliament Hill where people made a number of speeches. As you can see from the picture, the focus was mainly on Stephen Harper. This is a bit of a mistake- Occupy was never supposed to be about partisan politics, it was about fixing the political system.
Luckily, many people who went to the event do feel that same way. But, unfortunately, as Adbuster’s Kalle Lawsn pointed out on the CBC last week- the unions and the ‘old-left’ have hijacked the movement to be something different than what it was intended. Yesterday’s event is the perfect example of this.
If you want proof of this, just look at the speakers list- in particular, three people. First there was the Ontario Federation of Labour’s Sid Ryan! Yep, all those Occupiers chipped-in for transportation costs to go to a union rally! And, Ryan was not at all bashful to push his partisan politics- here’s a great quote from his speech:
“We need to turn this success (of the Occupy movement) into electoral success,” Ontario Federation of Labour President Sid Ryan told the crowd on the steps of Parliament. “We need to vote this bum out of office.”
What happens when/if Harper is pushed out of office? Well, of course, the NDP’s Thomas Mulcair will become PM- right? The Liberals are too deflated right now to win, and it is doubtful there will be another Conservative PM if Harper is voted out of office.
Other speakers included Larry Rousseau (regional vice-president for the Public Service Alliance of Canada), and the darling of the NDP- Brigitte DePape. The Toronto Star interviewed on of the Activistocrats- Lana Goldberg, an active promoter of union causes.
So, it appears that Occupy Toronto is still fulfilling its role as a lapdog for the NDP and the unions. This is such a shame because Occupy was meant to be so much more than that. About half of the Occupiers don’t have the intention to promote the NDP yesterday. But, until things change, when you hear the word “Occupy” you can be pretty certain the media is talking about the NDP…