The Leap Manifesto made a big splash when it
crashed the NDP’s annual convention last April. CD
wants to keep it in the news and open up space for
the Canadian Left to debate how it might be used to
reshape Canadian and Québec politics. We have
chosen to do this by asking a number of colleagues
to respond to a wide-ranging essay by George Martell
titled “The Leap, the Left and the NDP,” published
here for the first time. We intend to keep this
discussion going and a number of friends — Linda
McQuaig, Marjorie Cohen, Michal Rozworski, Murray
Dobbin, Pam Palmater, among others — have
agreed to contribute their responses in the winter
issue of CD. We invite you, our readers, to join the
conversation by submitting your thoughts and comments
on Martell’s piece and/or the responses to it.
Keep it under 1000 words and we’ll publish the most
interesting ones online or in our Winter issue.
The mural displayed on our cover was created as
part of the 2016 Wall-to-Wall Mural and Cultural Festival
(Sept. 2 to Oct. 1) organized by Synonym Art
Consultation, a local arts initiative based in Winnipeg.
The mural was created by Alexa Hatanaka and
Patrick Thompson of the Toronto-based PA System
in collaboration with 17-year-old Nunavut resident
Parr Josepee and is located at 782 Main St. in Winnipeg’s
north end. It is intended to raise awareness of
seismic testing in Nunavut that is threatening narwhale
populations, other wildlife and the lives of the
indigenous Inuit people of the area who depend on
hunting and fishing.
In 2016, we converted CD to a quarterly publication.
Beginning with our next issue, we will be expanding
to 64 pages. This will enable us to offer new features
and new authors — like Umair Muhammed, Monica
Judd and Ahmad Moussa, who appear for the first
time in this issue.