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  • NDP needs to leave its comfort zone

    Canadian Politics

    Candidates seek to strike a series of sensible balances between the economy and the environment, between free and fair trade, between husbanding taxpayer’s dollars and meeting social needs. There is nothing wrong with balance as a principle, but these are not equivalencies, and treating them as such will mean the former always undermines the latter. This is not a path to the radical passion that has propelled recent electoral success on the Left.

  • Canada’s NDP backs American Empire

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    Does the NDP consistently support a foreign policy that benefits ordinary people around the world? Or does the social democratic party often simply fall in line with whatever the American Empire demands? Hélène Laverdière certainly seems to support the US-led geopolitical order. The NDP foreign critic has aligned with the Empire on issues ranging from Venezuela to Palestine, Ukraine to Syria.

  • Five vital issues facing the Left in Canada: Questions for NDP leadership contenders

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    CD approached the candidates running for the NDP leadership - Niki Ashton, Guy Caron, Jagmeet Singh, and Charlie Angus - with what we felt were some of the most important questions facing both the party and the country. Here we present our reasons for asking these particular questions, followed by the answers from all the candidates

  • Unhappy birthday

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    As Canada commemorates its sesquicentennial with a festival of propaganda, the gulf between this country’s reality and its image — prettily packaged at home and exported around the world — has perhaps never been wider. For evidence, we needn’t look further than the August cover of Rolling Stone exhibiting a photo of Justin Trudeau alongside the question “Is he the free world’s best hope?”

  • Coverage of Winnipeg’s Rooster Town Blockade Reveals Media’s Anti-Indigenous Biases

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    Much of the media coverage of the situation has frequently regurgitated blatant colonial biases. These range from allotting a disproportionate percentage of word counts to the arguments of the developer and his lawyer, deploying the language of capitalist conceptions of property ownership, and refusing Indigenous defenders the ability to self-define.

  • Palestinians, B’nai Brith and Canada’s New Democratic Party

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    B’nai Brith Canada accuses Ms. Ashton of making “a shocking and insulting departure from the traditional position of her party and those of mainstream Canadians.” Yves Engler and others conclude otherwise. They allege it is B’nai Brith Canada that is increasingly out of step with mainstream opinion of well informed Canadians.

  • Rolling Stone’s new cover article on Trudeau is barefaced propaganda

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    The Rolling Stone cover story was particularly unique in demonstrating how corporate media works to maintain and strengthen liberal hegemony by building a compelling personal narrative, using fascists as foil characters, and inadvertently disclosing profoundly racist and capitalist biases in both author Stephen Rodrick and main source, Trudeau himself.

  • Climate warrior? Champion of ‘Big Oil’? Canada’s leader wants to be both

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    So, there are a lot of unanswered questions about Justin Trudeau’s leadership in the fight against climate change. What’s certain is that the pipelines and refineries Trudeau is pushing for will tie Canada’s economy — and the world’s — to tar sands oil for decades to come, even as the impacts of climate change that he warns about continue to mount.

  • NDP Leadership Candidate Niki Ashton Supports Palestinian Rights

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    The first ever pregnant major party leadership candidate in Canadian political history has gained this support by speaking truth to power and taking a principled position on an issue most politicians have shied away from. And, she has demonstrated that the purpose of Israeli nationalist attacks is to silence them, not to have a debate.

  • Sixth NDP Leadership Debate: Debates around CCF-NDP History and Means Testing Generate Conflict

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    This is a substantive political debate that will continue to play out throughout the rest of the contest, and raises an important question about how we classify and prioritize social spending, income transfers, and all those initiatives to reduce poverty and inequality. In various ways, all four candidates have offered new and transitioned programs to address poverty. Fittingly, these are the sorts of questions the NDP needs to be debating.

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