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NDP Leadership 2003

As the New Democratic Party selects a new leader, capitalism is in crisis. With the economy crumbling, the US is once again preparing for war. Here in British Columbia, we’ve seen tens of thousands in the streets against the government and the BC Federation of Labour just passed a resolution at their convention that “authorizes the Federation Officers to mobilize support for workplace and community action up to and including job action by sector, region or province-wide and/or general strike”. However, amidst all of this there is no credible left candidate running for the leadership of the NDP. (January, 2003)

BC NDP – Bureaucracy maintains stranglehold; Left builds support for future battles

The election of Carole James as leader of the British Columbia New Democratic Party represents a victory for the status quo. James ran a campaign that concentrated on one thing and one thing only… Carole James. What we did not see were any commitments to actually do anything—no commitment to renationalize the Liberals’ sell-off of public assets, no commitment to reverse the Liberals’ regressive tax hikes (sales tax, medical plan fee, etc.) or negate the $2 billion tax cut to the rich, and definitely no commitment to do anything that would go beyond the position of the previous NDP government. (November, 2003)

Canadian Election Results: Disappointing NDP result due to failure to use “S” word

The Liberals were reduced to a minority government, the Conservatives failed to cash in on this, and NDP, although doing relatively well failed to pick up the potential among the workers because they tried to be too much like the Liberals, too frightened to mention the "S" word - Socialism! The many abstentions indicate that huge numbers of workers and youth are disillusioned with this set up and are looking for an alternative. (June, 2004)

The Third Way Raises its Ugly Head in the NDP -- Take back the BC NDP!

When Carole James was elected leader of the BC NDP nobody would have imagined that less than a year later she would be saying things like “As the new leader of the BC New Democrats, I am reaching out to the business community in a way New Democrats have not done before," or “I want the NDP and the business community to work in partnership." But in doing so, Carole James is digging her own grave as leader of the BC NDP. (September, 2004)

Tommy Douglas and the Struggle Against Capitalism: Lessons learnt by the Canadian working class

You have heard it before - socialism is either dead or irrelevant. Most media outlets wield it as an adjective of criminal proportions while academics state that it is an outdated ideology better suited for the industrial revolution. Even the official party of the working class in Canada, the NDP, has opted to use the term "progressive" wherever possible instead of "socialist". Although there are concerted efforts and millions of dollars dedicated to making sure that the notion of socialism never enters mainstream consciousness, it will be working class Canadians who show that these efforts are in vain. The spirit of socialism in Canada is alive and well and the recent growing popularity of the late Tommy Douglas is evidence of this. (November, 2004)

The Mass Workers' Party and its Leadership

Being the mass workers' party is nothing to sneeze at. And being in the leadership of the workers' party is even less insignificant. Capitalism, which was at its birth a revolutionary leap forward from the inefficiency and waste of feudalism, has long ago ceased to serve any real productive purpose on this planet. There is nothing normal or natural or even logical about this system. It leads to war over oil and mass slaughter for diamonds; it deprives one fifth of its population of safe drinking water and starves over thirty thousand children to death every day. There is no reason why this should not change. The conditions for socialism are, as Trotsky put so eloquently, not just ripe, but "somewhat rotten". So what's the hold up? (November, 2004)

Ontario NDP Fails to Inspire

Last month was the provincial convention of the Ontario New Democratic Party - time for New Democrats, myself included, to come together and try and decide what kind of party we are going to pretend to be for the next two years. It seems the working class interests that built this party just didn't make the agenda. (January, 2005)

Big Battles to Come: Perspectives for British Columbia

After nearly four years of attacks by the Gordon Campbell Liberals, British Columbia workers are fighting back. With the NDP in a position to win May's provincial election, a major confrontation is set to take place between rank-and-file workers and the leaders of the NDP and labour movement. The task of the Marxists is to penetrate these organizations and sow them with ideas that can win. (January, 2005)

What's Left of the Left?

There exists a peculiar tendency on the left in Canada to believe that in order to gain support, electorally or otherwise you must water down your politics to the point of oblivion. The argument is, the less you say, the fewer people you will offend, thereby broadening your base of support. This idea flies in the face of both history and common sense. As comical as this idea may sound, its results are often tragic. (May, 2005)

Election Day in British Columbia: NDP in trouble

Today is election-day in British Columbia and the BC New Democratic Party is trailing in the polls. After four years of right wing rule in British Columbia the province’s social services have been decimated. One third of the public sector has been laid off, hospitals and schools have been shut down and the minimum wage has been reduced by 20% for new workers. Gordon Campbell’s attacks have touched every sector of the working class, yet the NDP has failed to win the support of the majority of British Columbians. A series of compromises and betrayals from the leadership of the labour movement has led to a lull in the movement against the government. Only a year ago BC stood on the brink of a general strike, now all is quiet on the industrial front. This election should have been a cake walk for the NDP, but the drift to the right by the leadership has left workers uninspired. What a mess. (May, 2005)