Published August 29, 2012 | 1:08 pm
Vancouver: Surrey based Indo-Canadian NDP MLA Jagrup Brar’s praise for Cuba after vacationing there is not getting easy with BC Liberals who attacked him accusing him of being too cozy with communism. But political pundits are calling it absurd and mud slinging.
Liberal Bill Bennett, whose outspoken views once landed him outside of the Liberal caucus after a public feud with former premier Gordon Campbell, called it the blatant infatuation with communism. Bennett further suggested Brar’s pro-Cuba comments peel back the underlying fondness within the B.C. New Democrat caucus for state-run, clampdown-style governments — something that should worry freedom-loving British Columbians.
Brar told a Radio India audience in Metro Vancouver last week that the gap between rich and poor is virtually non-existent in Cuba, education is free and no child goes to bed hungry.
“Jagrup’s interview should be a wake-up call for any British Columbian who values individual enterprise and individual freedom,” Bennett said in a statement.
“While Cubans risk their lives in tiny fishing boats across shark-infested waters to escape one of the world’s last communist regimes, the B.C. NDP seems to suggest British Columbia ought to copy Cuba’s approach.”
NDP spokesman Shane Simpson dismissed Bennett’s criticism as absurd and “red-baiting” by the Liberals.
Observers feel that the B.C. Liberals—who have virtually ran out of fuel and ideas are upset with the growing popularity of some popular leaders like Brar , as he had earlier accepted a challenge from the Raise the Rates Coalition to live on a welfare income for a month to have a proper experience about poverty.