Why the NDP needs to discard its poisoned roots

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Click HERE to read this typical stupidity from the Globe and Mail.

See also: NDP ponders deleting socialism from its guiding statement | National Post

See also a review of all the parties’ preambles here | CBC


Addition by Graham:

See the proposed new preamble here.

I find this entire process a classic example of the Streisand effect. Not many had ever read the NDP preamble or even cared to care what it says other than NDP socialist activists before this process started. However, now the Party is going to either lose some on its left (if this passes) or on the right (if it does not pass). Either-way, it will have no effect on winning an election. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Streisand_effect

  • Longest and most meaningless sentence ever:/ “We believe in a rules based economy, nationally and globally, in which governments have the power to address the limitations of the market in addressing the common good, by having the power to act in the public interest, for social and economic justice, and for the integrity of the environment.”/

  • New Democrats are not just Canadians since Permanent Residents can join:/ “New Democrats are Canadians who believe we can be a better one – a country of greater equality, justice, and opportunity.”/

  • You “can”, but will you actually? A Party’s preamble should outline beliefs and positions, not statements that suggest some do not believe the party can do what it sets out to. Also, not sure if the environment needs “saving” as opposed to good stewardship:/ “We can build sustainable prosperity, and a society that shares its benefits more fairly. We can look after our seniors. We can offer better futures for our children. We can do our part to save the world’s environment.”/

  • Finally, the NDP have not come from, nor support “progressive democratic political parties”. Historically, the NDP have been aligned with the Socialist (2nd) International. It is distinction worth noting as NDPers are “social democrats” not progressivists. There is a rather important difference./ “New Democrats belong to the family of other progressive democratic political parties that govern successfully in many countries around the world.”/