Tag: NDP

  • The Tightrope of Socialist Politics and Governance in Canada

    Obstacles, Dilemmas, Strategy One of the more persistent irritants amongst supporters of the New Democratic Party (NDP) has been its longstanding inability to replace the Liberal Party of Canada (LPC) as the country’s alternative to the different iterations of the Conservative Party of Canada (CPC). This irritation has been amplified by the LPC’s habit of campaigning … Keep reading »

  • Ford’s victory and the limits of the NDP

    Episode 2: We talk to labour activist Sam Gindin about why it is now Ontario’s turn to face off against the hard-right, and what can be done to challenge Ford’s government. Listen to audio »

  • Canadian Solidarity with Palestine

    A Call for the NDP to Withdraw from the Canada-Israel Interparliamentary Group The undersigned are appalled by the recent deaths in Gaza. At least 110 Palestinians have been killed and thousands injured by sniper fire and noxious gas used by the Israeli military. The recent violence takes place alongside ongoing land theft, destruction of olive groves, … Keep reading »

  • British Columbia NDP’s Crawl to $15

    Last Tuesday the new British Columbia NDP government announced it was raising the province’s minimum wage to $15 an hour by 2021. The new government had already announced it would raise the minimum wage by 50 cents on September 15, bringing it to $11.35 an hour. In fact, this 50 cent raise had been planned … Keep reading »

  • Whatever Became of the CCF’s Dream?

    A dramatic shift in electoral politics is currently disrupting leading capitalist democracies, challenging the ideological hegemony and legitimacy of the global neoliberalism of late capitalism. In the U.S., Bernie Sanders, a self-declared democratic socialist, almost won the Democratic Party’s nomination for President. At the outset of the primaries, the nomination was widely viewed as a … Keep reading »

  • The NDP and the Election

    At this moment, it seems that Harper’s Conservatives are losing ground, headed for possible defeat or minority status, if recent polls are to be believed. If these trends continue, it might represent a long-awaited respite from years of unrelenting and hard-edge neoliberal offensive in all walks of Canadian life. It provides a potential opening to … Keep reading »

  • Signs of Regression: The NDP and Palestine

    A friend recently expressed his confusion about the outrage over the death of Ali Dawabsheh, the 18-month-old Palestinian toddler who was killed last month when Jewish settlers firebombed his home in the occupied West Bank.[1] (The child’s father was also badly burned in the attack, and eight days later died from his injuries.) An attack … Keep reading »

  • Alberta: A Perfect Political Storm

    Election outcomes like Alberta’s do not come often: the total collapse of a four decade conservative dynasty and majority power for a party considered on the “left” in Canada. The reactions were typical: shock, elation, fear, uncertainty. No one saw it coming. Well, that’s not quite true. If you followed the polls you knew a … Keep reading »

  • Fatal Advice for the NDP

    “As for the once-mighty NDP, with long-in-the-tooth party members dragging the NDP’s almost-dead carcass even further left…, the Saskatchewan NDP may be its own worst enemy right now…” — Murray Mandryk, Regina Leader-Post, 22 July 2014, p. 6. Murray Mandryk, the political columnist for Saskatchewan’s capitalist press (Regina Leader-Post and Saskatoon Star Phoenix), once again … Keep reading »

  • Ontario NDP Waging War on Public Investment

    Public transit remains a crucial policy issue for the province of Ontario, but it is not clear that citizens will get good solutions any time soon. Investment in public transit is expensive, often requires raising taxes and can get bogged down in the nitty-gritty politics of neighbourhood planning, not to mention partisan competition. In 2007, … Keep reading »

  • The NDP Convention

    The Decline and Fall of an Old Preamble (or A Social Democratic Party Becalmed) Like the federal Liberal Party leadership race, the NDP policy convention this past weekend proved to be rather anti-climactic. Any expectations (or hopes) for a divisive, soul-searching, battle royale over the identity of the NDP fell flat. With minimal debate and … Keep reading »

  • Mulcair’s Victory: What Does It Mean?

    On March 24, the membership of the Federal New Democratic Party (NDP) elected Thomas Mulcair to succeed the late Jack Layton as their national leader, who tragically died of cancer in August 2011. With about 65,000 of the party’s 130,000 members participating in the leadership election, Mulcair prevailed over runner-up Brian Topp on the fourth … Keep reading »