The NDP Convention targets inequality as controversial boards threaten to steal the spotlight

Ottawa — Thousands of New Democrats are gathering online this afternoon preparing to launch a three-day event, inequality is rapidly forming and becoming a major focus of the Federal NDP Policy Treaty. I am.

Party members recently voted to put together a short list of the hundreds of proposed resolutions. Its top-level policies include a federal minimum wage of $ 15, “abolition of millionaires” and a call for commercial long-term care.

The delegation also has the opportunity to insert the word “socialism” into the party constitution after members vote to scrub it from the preamble in 2013 under then-leader Thomas Malcare.

Formerly almost taboo in federal politics, the term was used in the midst of widening wealth inequality and the rise of openly social democratic politicians such as Bernie Sanders and Alexandria Ocasio Cortez in the United States. I’m back in the discussion again.

Inequality motifs are ready to rally New Democrats around a common theme this weekend, but preparations for the tournament reveal cracks between the party’s brass and grassroots, and between lawmakers. There was a risk of doing it.

NDP leader Jagmate Singh said this week he opposed a resolution from the Equestrian Association in downtown Toronto to phase out Canadian troops.

However, some controversial resolutions on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict are among the top ranks. Some have demanded that Canada suspend its weapons to deal with Israel. The second is a practical definition of anti-Semitism set by the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance because it has been approved by more than 40 equestrian associations and is used to cool criticism of Israeli policy. I’m refusing.

The proposal found NDP lawmakers and party members on the other side of a delicate issue that could distract from the party’s planned message of unity.

“I don’t think it will cast a shadow over the many very important and exciting policy debates on issues that affect people facing a pandemic,” Shin said in a recent interview. It was.

The resolution, discussed, voted and incorporated into the policy by about 2,000 representatives, serves as a de facto plan to build a platform ahead of this year’s election potential.

The event will also draw attention at the simultaneous Virtual Liberal Policy Treaty.

Former federal NDP leader Ed Broadbent will assist in launching the tournament in a speech on Friday afternoon, followed by speeches from leaders of Manitoba and the New Democratic Party of Yukon.

British Columbia Prime Minister John Horgan, who is currently the only NDP leader to lead the government, will address attendees on Saturday, and Ontario NDP veteran leader Andrea Horwath will later take the virtual stage.

Shin aims to rally the bases in Sunday’s keynote and wants to convey Lara’s enthusiasm, despite the lack of a trampling convention floor or rattling walls.

Christopher Reynolds

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