Fightback Resolutions for Ontario New Democratic Youth Convention

Supporters of Fightback are proposing the following resolutions at this weekend's Ontario New Democratic Youth Convention, Nov 21-23. We believe that these resolutions should form the basis for a socialist platform for the NDP. The world financial system is in crisis, proving that capitalism does not work for working families. Now is the time to put forward a bold socialist vision to save jobs and build a just society. Don’t let anybody tell you it can’t be done!

NDP Youth: Socialism and Activism Needed

The Ontario New Democratic Youth (ONDY) will be holding its annual convention in Toronto from the 21st to the 23rd of November. As the world watches the capitalist system enter its latest and most dire crisis, this conference will have increased importance for the future of the ONDY and the NDP.

BC NDP’s Affirmative Action Policy - No band-aid solution for women's emancipation

The British Columbia New Democratic Party recently voted at its November convention to introduce a new affirmative action policy for candidate nominations. However, if we want to do away with inequality we need to have a clear understanding of where it comes from and why it exists. There are no shortcuts or band-aid solutions to the numerous problems of the capitalist world. As is generally the case, this bureaucratic attempt to impose an artificial solution will do more harm than good.

BC NDP Convention: Socialist Policies the Only Way Forward

As the BC NDP convention opens, many supporters are wondering what has become of their party. The NDP is slumping in the polls and the stress is starting to show. All the while, the working class is noticeably absent from NDP policy and NDP meetings. With delegate fees to convention costing several hundred dollars, it is easy to see why. The BC NDP has never been so far from its roots – both its grassroots and its historical roots. Only bold socialist policies that answer the problems of every day people can turn the situation around.

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?
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