How we (almost) defeated Bob Rae: Toronto Centre NDP's genuine working-class campaign

Toronto Centre-Rosedale has long been considered an unwinnable riding by the NDP.  However, by running a grassroots, activist, and socialist campaign in the recent federal election, the NDP more than doubled their vote in Toronto Centre and came within striking distance of defeating Bob Rae.  Solomon Muyoboke and Farshad Azadian, the campaign managers for the Toronto Centre NDP campaign and supporters of Fightback magazine, recount how socialist ideas can lead to victory.

Activist Youth Beat Back Red-Baiting

After almost 3 months of constant struggle the fight within the Ontario New Democratic Youth appears to have reached a settlement. At the November 27-28th Ontario NDP Provincial Council the activist youth failed to hold the positions they previously won on the ONDY executive, but they won a much more important battle. Red-baiting and the de-chartering of the Toronto Young New Democrats have been decisively defeated, and an executive was elected that appears to be further to the left than the previous exec and committed to more activism. The activism of the Toronto Young New Democrats, and their successful fight back against red-baiting, has led to the whole of ONDY being moved to the left with socialists recognized as a constituent part.

Ontario New Democratic Youth: Activism wins!

Those who are regular readers of Fightback will know that we have been at the forefront of fighting for an activist, democratic, and socialist NDP that can give workers and youth a reason to support the party. We believe that this is the way to defeat the corporate parties who, with their big-business backers, will always have more money and media support. We are very happy to report that this vision was overwhelmingly endorsed at the Ontario New Democratic Youth convention in Hamilton, held over the weekend of November 5th – 7th. Unfortunately, some who do not agree with this vision are not prepared to let the democratic opinion of the rank-and-file youth stand.

Time for new leadership in the BC NDP

With the resignation of Premier Gordon Campbell as leader of the BC Liberals, Carole James’ leadership of the BC NDP has once again been plunged into crisis. One by one, constituency executives are passing resolutions calling for a leadership convention. With the ranks of the party feeling the brunt of the capitalist crisis, there is simply no appetite for Carole James’ hopeless drift to the right. With the party facing a financial crisis, a declining membership, and a divided caucus, it seems that the only person left who believes Carole should stay on as leader is the leader herself!

2010 Ontario New Democratic Youth Convention: Historic win for the Left

This weekend in Hamilton saw the annual convention of the Ontario New Democratic Youth (ONDY), which turned into one of the most intense and crucial political battles that the NDP youth wing has ever seen. The ONDY has been sharply divided for weeks following the de-chartering of the Toronto Young New Democrats (TYND), one of the largest and strongest clubs, by the ONDY executive in a secret “in camera” meeting, using evidence that TYND members were not allowed to see. This un-democratic attack stemmed from the desire by members of the ONDY executive and certain Party staffers to rid the ONDY of so-called “radicals” by any means.

Defend democracy and socialism in the NDP!

On 8th October, the National Post published an article titled, “Not your father’s socialism.” It uncovered a plot by NDP brass to re-write the party’s constitution, eliminating any mention of socialism, economic planning, or nationalization.  Recently, in Ontario, sections of the party's youth bureaucracy have moved to de-charter the Toronto Young New Democrats, the most active youth club within the Ontario NDP in recent memory.  And, in BC, leader Carole James kicked out MLA Bob Simpson after the mildest of criticisms to her leadership.  Democratic freedom of thought, association, and criticism is essential to build a lively, active, and victorious movement. Any turn to the right is a short-cut off a cliff.

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.

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