Articles Tagged ‘Ndp’

  • Open Letter to NDP re: their support for White Helmets Nobel Peace Prize

    Canadian Politics

    I am writing to alert you that the NDP has made a very serious mistake in recommending to the federal government that Canada should nominate the White Helmets for the Nobel Peace Prize. To some extent this error may be understandable in light of the fact that a commentator has recently said, “Coverage of the Syrian war will be remembered as one of the most shameful episodes in the history of the American press.”

  • Can the NDP be relevant?

    Canadian Politics

    Now, with a Quebec leader who could hardly be accused of being a radical, the party was everything the national media had said it should be: cautious, pragmatic, and eminently reasonable, particularly on the economy. Throughout the 2015 campaign Mulcair sent all the right signals to Bay Street about balanced budgets and restrained spending. How could they lose?

  • Socialism for today’s NDP, and today’s Canada


    While not a topic without coverage, the question of socialism within the New Democratic Party — and Canada more generally — tends to come in waves. One recent example has come from Toronto Star columnist Rick Salutin’s assertion that the NDP must re-embrace socialism, if only to offer strategic differentiation vis-à-vis the Trudeau Liberals.

  • Maybe it’s time for the NDP to return to socialism

    Canadian Politics

    There’s been a strange summer-long silence from the NDP. Last week, after the near terror event in Strathroy, they should have been vocal on Bill C-51, the terror bill. The Liberals looked paralyzed and the Tories had their hard line. The NDP should own this, it was their only winner last election. But they went quiet.

  • Cheri DiNovo’s Kicks off the NDP Leadership Contest

    Canadian Politics

    The NDP’s mainstream leadership will be increasingly motivated to field a centrist challenger: This was likely always a goal for those who felt Mulcair’s defeat was based, not ideology, but on strategy. The definite front runner here would have been Nathan Cullen, but his abstention leaves the role open.

  • Federal NDP’s Pact With Satan Implodes

    Canadian Politics

    Even if the Leap Manifesto is adopted, either it will be watered down to platitudes or suffer the same fate as the Regina Manifesto. Already the right of the party has called it political madness and has been dutifully joined by the capitalist press, declaiming the NDP is again on a left-wing path to suicide.

  • Gary Burrill: Hopes and Fears on the NDP’s Eastern Front

    Canadian Politics

    If Burrill can reach out and demonstrate to the people that he is a people leader and not just a party leader, then he might just oust Liberal Premier Stephen McNeil matching Dexter’s one-term fiasco. He would then be in a position to implement some of his policy promises including wiping out child poverty, free tuition fees and economic and environmental justice.

  • NDP inhibits internal democracy with steep leadership race entry fee

    Canadian Politics

    We are seeing an unanticipated socialist moment in North America due to the Sanders campaign in the U.S. Given the repudiation of the establishment the membership just delivered when it ousted Mulcair as leader, one would have every right to think that maybe, just maybe, now was finally the time where something might occur to shake up the deadening centrist rot that has been eating away at the NDP.

  • My Advice to NDP: Look Before You Leap. Then Leap

    Canadian Politics

    To judge from the reaction of the Canadian punditariat, the New Democrats’ convention in Edmonton was a murder-suicide. Tom Mulcair was ousted (and immediately resurrected himself as interim leader), and the convention voted to discuss the Leap Manifesto – which everyone took to be political self-immolation.

  • NDP Now Has Chance to End 13 Years of Error

    Canadian Politics

    The NDP has paid a staggering price for the politics of its last two leaders. Jack Layton was more in tune with the social democratic roots of the party than Mulcair, but he launched the shift to a strategy aimed at achieving power. The inevitable result was to water down social democratic principles and move the party to the centre.

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