HP -The hatchet man for the firing of the decent Christian Morgan Wheeldon was one Brad Lavigne (Levine?) who came out of nowhere to do the dirty work and quickly crawled back into his hole to continue as an “advisor”. I bet there are plenty of dubious skeletons in the supposedly clean NDP’s closet, including the comment by Stephen Lewis that if there should be a war between Canada and Israel, his son would be on the Israeli side. IV
April 7, 2016
Mulcair conflict of interest
At the time of the NDP leadership convention, July, 2012, a Canadian Jewish watchdog association opposed the election of Thomas Mulcair as leader on the grounds that he was financed by the Israeli Lobby and that his primary loyalty was to the State of Israel. He thereby faced a conflict of interest unacceptable for a Party that claimed to be 100% pro-Canadian and, unlike the older parties, relied on donations from the “little people”, as distinct from corrupting, self-serving “capitalist” donors. Mulcair’s undivided loyalty to Israel was not a public, nor even a party, issue at the time, but burst out during the Federal election campaign with Mulcair’s sordid firing of Morgan Wheeldon, one of his party’s most enthusiastic and effective candidates, for once allegedly having criticized the Israeli Occupation. The fact that the firing was a knee-jerk reaction, with no hearing for the popular candidate, must have shaken even the most dedicated Party members to the core, and stopped idealistic potential new supporters in their disillusioned tracks!.
Such perfidious action, showing more concern over Israeli sensitivities than over the reputation of his own party, would have been sufficient to reverse the growing electoral momentum, but there were other serious mistakes, perhaps contrived, that reflected acquiescence to Lobby pressure, the most decisive being the failure of the NDP to exploit Prime Minister Harper’s “love affair with Israel” and grovelling to rabbis that left the PM open to ridicule and charges of outrageously poor judgement in the damage the “alliance” did to Canada’s self-respect and image as a sovereign nation. Add to these negatives the confusion of the meaningless “Change” platform and Mulcair’s decision not to have the good grace to apologize and resign, and the recent headline “Mulcair looking for 70%” at the Leadership Convention (see NP April 6. 2016) must be seen as well beyond chutzpah.
I wrote to most senior NDP officials, beginning 2014, saying that retaining Mulcair as leader was a prime case of snatching defeat from the jaws of victory. I received a reply from only one, the righteous Paul Dewar, who ironically was defeated. He attempted to explain his Party’s support of the rape and dispossession of Libya by NATO and murder of its enlightened pro-Canadian, anti-Israel Leader, who had done more for his people than any leader in history – yet another campaign opportunity left unexploited. With this record of treachery to both Party and nation, Mulcair should be lucky to get 7%, not 70, at the forthcoming Leadership Convention.
Ian V. Macdonald