Articles Tagged ‘Ndp’

  • Jagmeet Singh’s First Major Policy Opportunity: Tax Reform

    Canadian Politics

    It’s been about a month since Jagmeet Singh became the leader of the Federal New Democratic Party on the back of an emphatic—if unexpected—first ballot triumph. Because Singh doesn’t yet have a federal seat, he has been devoting time outside of Parliament, while former leadership competitor Guy Caron is spearheading the NDP’s efforts inside the House of Commons.

  • NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh embraces Imperialist Policies of Helene Laverdiere

    Canadian Politics

    The lack of discussion about Singh’s embrace of Laverdière reflects the party’s unwillingness to tackle foreign policy issues. Not one of the “issues” or “priorities” listed on Charlie Angus, Guy Caron or Singh’ leadership campaign websites deals with foreign policy. Niki Ashton does a bit better. Her “issues” section includes “A Just Peace in the Middle East” and a summary list of 14 priorities she says she wants to “Ensure that Canada is a voice for peace in the world.”

  • It’s not just Quebec: The NDP Leadership Race and Racial Dog-whistles

    Canadian Politics

    We have to trust that those people and many others—regardless of the result—can be engaged with a democratic socialist platform based on equality, fairness, and freedom for all Canadians. But if the narrative is that these Singh supporters are seen as little more than ‘ethnic interlopers’ into the party, who could blame them if they don’t feel welcome?

  • One NDPer’s Position on the Leadership Contest

    Canadian Politics

    This list and its rationale is my personal opinion and should be taken as such. Nevertheless, it is my hope that this helps participants shore up their list, even if they disagree with my ultimate interpretation. Any of the four hopefuls will make a great leader, and will have three people willing to help them implement their vision for a just Canada.

  • 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

    Canadian Politics

    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

    Canadian Politics

    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

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

    Canadian Politics

    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.

  • NDP Leadership Candidate Niki Ashton Supports Palestinian Rights

    Canadian Politics

    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

    Canadian Politics

    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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