When I was growing up everyone hated communists. We used to have a CCF (Canada Comonwealth Federaration) sign on our front lawn during elections, the only one I’d see walking to school and back between Ossington and Dufferin. Maybe there were more CCF supporters than my father; a working man member of the CCF, the working man’s party as he saw it back then. But when I was a kid I thought everyone else was a Liberal or a Progressive Conservative, even though no one seemed middle class like doctors and lawyers. Anyone who might have sympathized with CCF ideas back then likely kept it to themselves for fear of being called a communist like me.
Now with everyone being middle class the CCF’s descendents, the NDP (New Democrat Party)and its supporters, have become middle class; in fact working class as my father and our family saw themselves has become an embarrassment like “the deplorables” down in the states. No, today everyone wants to be middle class answering the phone, telemarketing, unseen behind partitioned cubicles.