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  • Writer's pictureMichael Laxer

Green Party Ukraine statement far better than the NDP's

For the last few election cycles many have argued that what was the rising Green Party was at least as "progressive" as the supposedly social democratic NDP.

For a time it seemed the Green Party might actually have a shot at supplanting the NDP in terms of seats as Canada's nominally "left" party. Then it ran a lackluster campaign under Elizabeth May in 2019 and an epically disastrous one under the ill-fated "leadership" of Annamie Paul.

In between the two the eco-socialist Dimitri Lascaris came very close to taking the Green Party leadership. Far closer than any left NDP leadership candidate ever has including James Laxer for the Waffle.

After the Lascaris loss and Paul fiasco, however, many of the "left" sheepdoggers for the NDP insisted that this was all proof that their milquetoast stripe of "progressive" was better than the Green milquetoast version.

In some ways this is not a very interesting "debate" between two shades of who cares.

It is worth noting, however, that when it comes to foreign policy, other than under Paul, the Greens have been consistently more interesting than the NDP and the recent western manufactured crisis in Ukraine shows that yet again.

As I looked at in NDP statement on Ukraine is predictably awful, the NDP took a stance that was timid, equivocating and embraced all of the major western narratives while trying to paint them with a fake non-violent coat.

The Green statement, on the other hand, directly challenges the US and imperialist line and says NATO should have been dissolved at the end of the Cold War.

It is by orders of magnitude better than the NDP's drivel and is worth quoting in full to prove the point:

Expressing alarm over escalating tensions in Ukraine, the Green Party of Canada is calling on the Canadian government to take a more active role in an expanded diplomatic effort towards a permanent ceasefire in the conflict zones of eastern Ukraine.
“We must explore all possible avenues to ensure that Russian aggression does not trigger a NATO military response,” said Green Party interim Leader Amita Kuttner. “There is no winning with an armed conflict. Any military action by Russia must be met with a suite of punitive sanctions and other economic measures.”
The Green Party supports strong non-violent responses to military aggression and human rights violations. It strongly opposes any Canadian military involvement in Ukraine and the export of weapons to this conflict zone.
Dr. Kuttner said that Canada should continue to support the strengthening of Ukraine’s civil society and democratic institutions and training for its civilian police forces. “Ukraine’s independence, sovereignty and territorial integrity must be respected and its citizens must be allowed to determine their future without foreign interference,” they said.
“The US played a key role during the Revolution of Dignity or Maiden revolution in 2014, effectively supporting the removal of the democratically elected president Viktor Yanukovych. Since then Russia has annexed Crimea and fomented violent insurrection in the Russian speaking regions of Ukraine.”
The Green Party is calling for a different approach to ensuring peace and security for all European states. The German unification negotiations between the US and the Soviet Union produced a promise that NATO forces and missiles would not be stationed in eastern Germany and that NATO would not expand “one inch further”. While that pledge was specific to Germany, the spirit and intent was that NATO would not expand eastward.
When the Warsaw Pact was disbanded, NATO should have followed suit, making way for a new model for peace and security in Europe that excludes the two superpowers. Instead, NATO now includes 10 former Warsaw Pact countries and four former Yugoslav republics, effectively encircling Russia on its western border.
This expansion, coupled with NATO interventions in the Middle East, have strengthened President Valdimir Putin's contention that Russia needs to take strong counter measures to protect its security and sovereignty.
Faced with the growing threat of the climate crisis, the global community must not waste time and effort on neo-imperial ambitions and military expansionism. It’s time to set aside these conflicts, create diplomatic solutions and work collectively to deal with the existential crisis we all share in common.

While the statement still references "Russian aggression" , which is totally wrongheaded in the context as I talked about in Inverting reality: The dangerous propaganda of a new Cold War encirclement of Russia, there is simply no comparison with the NDP's utter garbage.

And this happened under an interim Green leader.

I suspect many people in the Canadian left and anti-imperialist community will appreciate this stance and it shows that maybe the idea of a more "left" Green Party has survived Paul.


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