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NDP Youth need Socialism and Activism

On the weekend of October 26-28, the Ontario New Democratic Youth (ONDY) will be having their convention in Toronto. Coming after the failure of the NDP to make significant gains in the Ontario election, this convention marks an important opportunity for the youth to take stock of recent events and work out an action plan for the future. Fightback activists will be working hard at this convention to ensure that NDP youth adopt socialist policies that can unite working class youth and students in militant activism. These are the only policies that can build a strong ONDY that can act as a lever to turn the NDP away from narrow parliamentarism and towards becoming a mass movement.

NDP Landslide Victory in Outremont – Just don’t mention the war!

Last night the Federal New Democratic Party celebrated a historic win in the Outremont by-election. In what was one of the safest Liberal seats in Quebec, the by-election victory was not even close, with the NDP winning 48% to the Liberals 29%. The NDP’s opposition to the war in Afghanistan was a key issue in this election—an issue that helped them to sway the vote away from the Liberals. However, if you want an explanation for this victory, do not look to the corporate media. They are obsessed with personalities rather than politics and they have all agreed on one thing, “Don’t mention the war!”

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.