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Harper's cynical attempt to buy the election

stephen harper.jpg.size.xxlarge.promoThe way to win is by mobilizing an army of volunteers. While the Tories will use money to suppress the vote and demonize their opponents, the real change comes from committed volunteers knocking on doors. But these volunteers will only come if the NDP adopts bold socialist policies that will make a real difference in the lives of workers, youth, immigrants and women.

NDP Doldrums: Is there a way out?

Since the heady days of the 2011 “Orange Wave”, there has been a steady stream of bad news for the NDP, both provincially and federally. There have been humiliating defeats in British Columbia, Nova Scotia, Ontario, and New Brunswick, plus low polls and lost by-elections for the federal NDP. Rank-and-file party members are asking themselves how to get out of this hole. In Ontario, members gathering at a November policy convention are deciding whether they need new leadership to turn things around. In the view of Fightback, we need something far more profound than just a change of face at the top.

 

NDP leadership’s pro-Israel stance provokes growing backlash within Party

Federal NDP leader Tom Mulcair has been facing a growing backlash from sections within the NDP over his support of Israel’s most recent attack of Gaza. The Israeli government has killed nearly 2,000 Palestinians as of the writing of this article, 80 per cent of whom have been civilians. 

BC NDP: What went wrong in the 2013 election?

bc ndp adrian dixThe BC NDP's loss in May came as a huge surprise to many, both in and out of BC. The party was expected to sweep the election, and many workers hoped that the party would undo much of the damage caused by over a decade of austerity under the Liberals. Instead, the party finished a disappointing second, failing to win over most of the working class that it was supposed to represent. Why did this happen? According to the BCNDP Election Review panel, it was a series of communication errors and poor campaign choices. But we need to dig a little deeper here to see what is really going on.

 

 

Nova Scotia NDP defeated: The perils of “moderation”

ndp ns dexterNova Scotia's first NDP government has gone down to an overwhelming defeat, falling to just seven seats and a third-place standing in Nova Scotia's legislature. Outgoing premier Darrell Dexter has promised a far-reaching introspection to find the reasons for the defeat, but when one looks at the present situation facing ordinary Nova Scotians, the fact is that the Dexter NDP government ultimately failed to bring about the change expected (and demanded) by youth and workers.  This should send a message to the federal NDP on the dangers of moving to the right.

 

Linda McQuaig wins Toronto-Centre NDP nomination: A victory for the left

ndp linda mcquigOn 15th September, hundreds of New Democrats attended the NDP nomination meeting for the upcoming by-election in Toronto-Centre. The exciting nomination race was between three candidates: Jennifer Hollett, Linda McQuaig, and Susan Gapka. Linda McQuaig, a well-known writer and journalist, won the nomination race to enormous applause. Linda’s vocal challenge against inequality and “the austerity agenda” makes her nomination an important victory for the left-wing of the NDP.

 

A socialist view from the 2013 federal NDP convention floor

ndp mulcair convention2013With the watering down of the federal NDP constitution the party has taken a step to the right at its Montreal convention. This step mirrors similar developments within the social-democratic labour parties internationally, and is a tragic irony given the ongoing crisis of capitalism. However, disappointing as it is, the removal of a constitutional preamble that nobody had ever read does not fundamentally change the character of the NDP. Because of the crisis, mass movements are inevitable; these in turn will have their reflection in the mass organizations.

 

 

Why the NDP needs to guard, and not discard, socialism in the party

austerity failingIt is quite telling when the main mouthpiece of the Canadian capitalists, the Globe and Mail, is adamantly supporting the discarding of socialism from the NDP constitution. The demands made by the corporate press to “modernize” the NDP’s constitution are not meant to increase the party’s base; instead, it is an attempt to neuter the NDP and to make sure that a future NDP government would be complicit in the bosses’ attacks and austerity. It is precisely now that the NDP should not discard, but guard at all costs, socialism in the party.

 

NDP federal convention 2013: Socialism or austerity?

austerity failingAs delegates gather in Montreal for the federal New Democratic Party’s first policy convention since the death of Jack Layton, they face some important choices. After Thomas Mulcair assumed leadership of the party, all sights are set on defeating the Stephen Harper Conservatives in the 2015 federal election. This convention sets the stage for how that fight will be won or lost, and what kind of government will the NDP form if it gains power.

 

NDP constitution: Defend Social Ownership, Defend Socialism

people not profitThe Constitution Committee of the federal NDP has proposed a rewrite of the preamble to the party’s constitution. The new wording is supposedly a compromise, after the right-wing of the party was defeated in 2011 when it tried to remove all references to socialism. However, this new amendment is no compromise at all and marks a significant turn to the right. “Socialism” is relegated to the past in a tokenistic fashion. Most notably, sections on social ownership are removed and replaced with the primacy of the market. This is a bitter irony, precisely when “the market” is showing its abject failure globally, and in Canada. Removal of the defence of social ownership also opens up the party to supporting the privatization of public services. Delegates must reject this rightward shift.