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TYND's first Socialist Summer Camp proves to be huge success

After months of organizing and eager anticipation, the first Socialist Summer Camp organized by the Toronto Young New Democrats (TYND) finally happened over the weekend of August 20 to 22, and it proved to be a major success. About two dozen attended the camp at the family campground of Neezh Meegwunun on Georgina Island, owned by Chippewa First Nation.

NDP: No mergers, no coalitions, no deals with the Liberals!

The media has recently been full of talk about a coalition between the federal Liberal Party and the NDP. Earlier in June, it was revealed that, behind closed doors, naturally, “senior insiders” from both parties had been holding “secret talks” about actually merging the parties in order to defeat the Tories.  While these discussions should be taken seriously by all socialists, workers, and youth in the NDP and the trade unions, the reality of the situation is that a merger of the two parties is, more than likely, not in the cards anytime soon. However, by placing the peg of the discussion as far as a merger, the leaking of these “high-level” discussions gives ample room, both in the Liberal Party and the NDP, for discussions about a coalition or some sort of electoral alliance.

Defend Libby Davies! Against the Liberal-Conservative Witch-hunt!

It appears that NDP deputy leader Libby Davies has been ambushed. After being set up in an interview clearly designed to entrap her, the country’s right wing has initiated a witch-hunt. They have seized upon a series of comments she made about Israel and Palestine to smear her personally, the NDP left, and the opposition to Israeli imperialism and the struggle against the occupation in general. Disgustingly, the initiator of this tirade was none other than the NDP’s other deputy party leader, Thomas Mulcair.

Toronto-Centre by-election: NDP makes gains, still more work to be done

The recent by-election in the Toronto-Centre riding offered the NDP an excellent opportunity to begin the provincial fight back against the cuts and attacks that Dalton McGuinty’s Liberals are promising. As we have written over the past couple of issues, the Liberals are vowing to attack public sector jobs and services in order to balance the massive $25-billion Ontario deficit. Although the NDP did not win the by-election, there were some positive signs that if the party adopts the correct slogans and platform, it can play a major role in organizing resistance to the bosses’ attacks.

NDP gains in Hochelaga, Quebec workers seek a labour party

On 9th November 2009, a federal by-election was held in the Montreal riding of Hochelaga-Maisonneuve. The results show important gains for the NDP and that Quebecois workers are searching for an alternative to the traditional bourgeois parties. This includes the bourgeois-nationalist Bloc Quebecois, which has dominated this working-class area since 1993. In Quebec, these developments are important because the national question has historically been used to cut across the class struggle, preventing the formation of a genuine labour party.

Fightback welcomes the launch of the Toronto Young New Democrats

This coming Friday (29th Jan. 2010), the Toronto Young New Democrats will be launched.  Fightback welcomes the launch of this new city-wide youth club that will help to inject some much needed activism into the NDP.  For far too long, there hasn't been enough activity to attract young militants into the party; the TYND will be a great way to get young workers active and involved.

Where Now for the Take Back the Party campaign?

For 30 years, the NDP has been swinging to the right. If this process were to continue it would put at risk the very position of the party as the expression of the Canadian working class. Now, as the effects of the world crisis are weighing heavily on Canadian society, within the NDP there is an attempt to take the party back to the values it was originally built on.

Take Back the Party: Time for new leadership in the BC NDP

Fightback has long warned that the right-ward drift of the NDP leadership in British Columbia would hurt the party in the polls. The argument is often made that in order to win over “middle of the road voters,” you have to moderate your demands and program. In fact, history has proven that this moderation only leads to disaster. What is needed is a strong socialist program to inspire the mass of the population.

Report-back from the 2009 NDP Federal Convention

The 2009 Federal Convention of the New Democratic Party of Canada was held in Halifax recently. Normally, the party uses federal conventions to showcase its strengths. At the 2006 Convention in Quebec City, the party took a stand against the war in Afghanistan and passed its “troops out” policy. However, the convention in Halifax was markedly different in both form and content. There was not even the remotest mention of any policy that could be considered a new plank for the party’s platform.

2009 NDP Federal Convention: Say "No" to coalitions

The effects of the economic crisis have hit Canadian workers hard over the last year. As of the beginning of June, over 362,000 jobs had disappeared in Canada since October 2008. According to Statistics Canada, Canada's unemployment rate currently stands at a 15-year high, but is going to continue to grow for years to come. As one Toronto Star columnist put it, in this situation, one would expect for workers to be turning to Canada's “socialist” party, the NDP, in droves. But, the opposite is the case. Going into this summer's federal NDP convention, the NDP needs to stand up for workers and not enter into any more coaltions with the bosses' parties.