Dan Gardner seems to have trouble with what "progressive" means. He admits he dislikes PM Harper and wants the defeat of the evil Harper Conservatives. He's calling for the "progressive parties to get together to do just that.
I'm curious about this "progressive" thing we hear so much of these days. Apparently that's what all the federal opposition parties are, at least according to those who are trying to get the parties to merge or form a coalition of some sort. We're not like those nasty Conservatives, advocates say. We're "progressive." Let's unite all the progressives, oust the Conservatives, and bask in the warm sunshine of a progressive government.
Which sounds pretty good to me. I'm not Stephen Harper's biggest fan, as readers may have noticed. I'd give serious consideration to voting for a party of anarcho-syndicalist chimpanzees if it could win.
OK, it's his prerogative. He has that right but if he's interested in the "Progressives" he needs to do his homework.
Progressives are socialists as we see here.
The term progressive is also popular in Canada, since many are further left than the Liberal Party of Canada. Most supporters of the old Progressive Conservative Party of Canada did not consider themselves progressive although arguments have been made that the Mulroney government implemented progressive environmental policies. The David Orchard wing of the old PC Party was progressive in nature while the Red Tory faction, which included former Prime Minister Joe Clark, was less so. The New Democratic Party
Some of the New Democrats' more progressive stances are:
Sounds good right? Wrong! Socialism is linked to Marxism
Karl Marx was the father of communism. Part of Karl Marx's basic philosophy was socialism. Beginners Guide to Marxism by Marxists Internet Archive 2009
These two works were written by Marx just at the beginning of his political career: