As a federal election draws near in October, Canadians would be wise to consider the experience of Zimbabwe since the 1980 coup of Marxist leader Robert Mugabe.
While Socialism and its parent belief system Marxism have a certain appeal to voters who are suffering from financial hardship, history has many examples to the destiny of countries that embrace this dark economic system.
The New Democratic Party in Canada has the same philosophical roots as Mugabe's ZANU-PF party in Zimbabwe. While the Zimbabwe example is extreme, the consistency of socialist governments historical ability to destroy property rights and rule of law is amazing.
As Margaret Thatcher once quipped, "Socialist governments traditionally do make a financial mess. They [socialists] always run out of other people's money. It's quite a characteristic of them."
Considering the heavy tax burden that Canadians already have, electing a Socialist NDP or NDP-Liberal alliance government would mean crushing taxes and rapidly diminishing foreign investment along with the jobs that go with it.