Right Wing of The Yukon NDP Defeated

On Saturday June 16th, the New Democratic Party of The Yukon held their annual convention. Attempts by the Right-Wing, linked to BC NDP leader Carole James, to remove references to socialism were defeated. This marks another nail in the coffin for the bureaucratic clique that aims to turn the NDP into a version of Tony Blair's New Labour.

NDP: No coalitions with the bosses' parties

In a front-page story on Wednesday, the Toronto Star reported that right-wing NDP MP Pat Martin was calling for “some kind of informal coalition” with the Liberals, or risk “political obscurity.” Martin says that it is time for the NDP and the Liberals to “unite the left somehow.” Workers must stand up to philistines like Pat Martin & Co. and demand that the NDP stand up for workers’ rights and not enter into alliances with the bosses’ parties.

NDP by-election victory in York-South Weston: Working class policies only way forward for the NDP

In February, the Ontario NDP was able to capture the working-class riding of York-South Weston in a by-election. Although the riding was easily won by the Liberals in 2003, the NDP was able to win handily, based on a platform that opposed a massive pay hike for MPPs and demanding a $10/hr minimum wage in Ontario. This victory proves that a real workers' programme does lead to victory for the NDP.

Stephane Dion: Just what the doctor ordered... for the NDP!

After a hotly contested leadership race, the Liberal Party of Canada has elected Stéphane Dion. Despite the fact that he is a man no one predicted to win, Dion managed to capture 54.7% of the votes cast at the December convention, and capture the leadership of the party. What does this mean for Canada?

Afghanistan: Bring the troops home!

At the time of writing, over 140 western troops have been killed in Afghanistan, including 42 Canadians. While you are reading this, the figure is undoubtedly higher. Increasingly, public opinion in Canada is turning against the war. The most recent poll revealed that 59% believe Canadian soldiers "are dying for a cause we cannot win," while just 34% disagreed with that statement. Significantly, the union-supported New Democratic Party (NDP) has officially called for troops to be pulled out of Afghanistan. This is a huge step forward for the anti-war movement and comes from the pressure of the rank-and-file of the NDP and the wider working class. However, if we are to achieve the goal of ending the war, the NDP and the anti-war movement must adopt anti-imperialist slogans and analysis.

2006 NDP Federal Convention: Activist, socialist NDP needed

Since the gains achieved in the February 2006 General Election, the NDP has appeared to be drifting and listless. 2.5 million voted NDP in a rejection of the corrupt Liberals and with no enthusiasm for Stephen Harper’s Conservatives. Now, Harper is seen as George Bush’s new lapdog in the wars against the people of Afghanistan and Lebanon. There has not been a better opportunity for the NDP to take the lead against the big-business parties in almost two decades.

Attracting Youth to the NDP

The young people of today are continually being written off by political leaders. There has been over a generation of funding cuts for programs benefiting young people. Hugh Mackenzie, in Funding Postsecondary Education in Ontario, writes, “After reaching a 25-year peak in 1992, provincial public services spending as a share of GDP declined year-after-year for more than a decade before stabilizing in 2003 at a substantially reduced level… Ten years of cuts at both the federal and provincial levels of government have exposed a political gap between the expectations of Canadians for public services and the reduced fiscal capacity of their governments to deliver on those expectations.” The burden of filling this gap has fallen on the shoulders of those segments of the population viewed by government as putting forward the least resistance – youth, immigrants and the poor.

To defeat the Conservatives, the NDP must mobilize the Working Class

Stephen Harper’s shift to the right has taken many off guard. After all, he did everything he could to play up the moderate side of the conservative party, interested solely in cleaning up corruption and making government “open and accountable”. But all of this has proven to be nothing more than a big lie to get votes. Now the Canadian working class is faced with the challenge of defeating the conservative agenda.

The NDP must stand up to neo-liberalism!

At this critical time the NDP leadership seems to be in a state of resignation. The leadership’s demand for a debate "but support" for the Afghanistan mission is one clear example of the public stance clashing with the position of the party membership and Canadian opinion in general. The position on childcare is a good start, but their passive support for the Conservatives undermines this position and hurts their credibility with many working people who voted for them to strongly oppose the Conservatives’ agenda.