Ontario NDP convention: Divisions emerge over Ontario austerity budget

The Ontario New Democratic Party (ONDP) held its biennial convention in mid-April at the Hamilton Convention Centre. The conference of about 1,000 New Democratic delegates was held in the shadow of the Ontario provincial budget which, even before the meeting began, was already becoming a source of tension between various factions within the party. Party leader Andrea Horwath has been under enormous pressure from the press and from big business to vote in favour of the austerity budget being presented by Dalton McGuinty’s Liberal minority government.

After Mulcair's victory, build a mass left wing to save the NDP

Thomas Mulcair, the former Quebec Liberal and so-called “modernizer”, has been elected leader of the federal New Democratic Party. He gained 57% of the vote on the fourth and final ballot, defeating six other candidates in the process. Many in the party fear that he will take the same route as former British Labour leader Tony Blair. However, this will not be easy for him. There is little enthusiasm for Mulcair in the party and only 50% of the membership found a reason to vote for any of the candidates. The reality is that there were very few ideas discussed in the campaign and Mulcair’s victory was no way inevitable. A genuinely left-wing candidate could have galvanized the rank-and-file and defeated this turn to the right.

NDP leadership election: Fightback’s voting recommendations

At the start of the seven-month-long NDP leadership campaign, we appealed to the candidates to adopt socialist demands such as free education, free universal childcare, and a massive program of public works to end unemployment. We explained that any candidate that championed the cause of socialism in the NDP would receive a massive boost of enthusiasm from the ranks of the party, and especially the youth inside and outside the party. Below, we detail our voting recommendations for our readers, supporters, and those who support socialism in the NDP.

A socialist guide to the NDP leadership race

Nine candidates have thrown their hat into the ring to replace Jack Layton. Robert Chisholm, Nathan Cullen, Paul Dewar, Thomas Mulcair, Peggy Nash, Romeo Saganash, Brian Topp, Martin Singh, and Niki Ashton are all in the race. This large field presents a challenge to workers and youth who look to the party when trying to decide how to cast their ballot. In this article, we will try to go over the candidates to help inform that choice and point a way forward for the NDP.

Remembering Jack Layton's legacy: Let's continue the struggle!

On 22nd August, New Democrats woke to discover that we had lost our Party leader, Jack Layton. Now we are seeing a huge outpouring of emotion amongst party activists and the wider working class. This is because in these times of crisis and austerity, Jack Layton was seen to represent something different. He represented a path towards social justice and away from the race to the bottom. Hope and optimism were Jack’s watchwords and this is exactly what workers and youth are looking for right now. Fightback salutes the passing of a fighter who will be missed by millions.

What social forces led to the NDP wave in Quebec?

For twenty years, the Bloc Quebecois dominated federal politics in Quebec. As in provincial politics, the national question loomed large over all other concerns, and this seemed a permanent feature of the reality in the province. The NDP attempted to establish a foothold here, beginning with the election of Thomas Mulcair in Outremont in 2008. The mainstream pundits and analysts were convinced that the NDP was fooling itself in the province, and nothing would change. But in this election everything did change, suddenly, and all the old assumptions have been turned on their heads.

The First NDP Quebec Convention after the Orange Wave

On May 28th, three weeks after the election, more than 250 people packed a conference room at the Sheraton Hotel, Montreal, for the first NDP Quebec Convention since its historic victory in Quebec. It was by far the largest NDPQ convention in recent memory and it could not be otherwise. After all it has just gone from 1 seat to 59 seats, a number that the Bloc itself never reached in its 20-year political domination in Quebec.

Federal NDP convention: Right-wing fails to remove socialism

The New Democratic Party, fresh on the heels of an historic electoral victory, has just concluded its federal convention in Vancouver. Seven Fightback supporters from four different cities were there to intervene in the convention which, even before it began, was set to be a showcase for the balance of forces between the left and right wings of the party.

Defend socialism in the NDP

On the eve of the NDP's federal convention in Vancouver, the party is getting set to debate a motion to remove all references to socialism in the party's constitution. At a time of the greatest crisis of capitalism since the Great Depression, the mass uprising in the Arab world, and the complete rejection of Liberalism in the federal election, there could not be a more mistimed proposal. At this time of austerity and crisis, we do not need more capitalism — we need more socialism.

The new "friends" of the NDP: Say "no" to mergers; NDP must not save the Liberal Party

The breakthrough of the New Democratic Party in the recent federal election has reshaped the political landscape of Canada. Working class people across the country, and particularly in Quebec, rejected the status-quo parties of Canadian capitalism in a sweeping movement for change. And now the voices of the bosses are trying their best to come to terms with the new political reality.

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