The document was written in 1999 by a number of SC
activists, and defines what our group stands for in the fight for
socialist democracy, workers' rights and economic justice.
It's Time for Mulcair and His Team to Go! October 21, 2015 The big win for the Liberal Party of Canada on October 19 was not just a condemnation of the reactionary, despotic rule of the Stephen Harper-led Conservatives; it was an indictment of the overall political direction of the NDP leadership under Tom Mulcair.
In the words of a Globe and Mail columnist, published on voting day, "The most unpardonable mistake, however, was to think the NDP could move blandly to the centre without the Liberal Party filling not only the progressive vacuum left behind but also seizing the 'change' mantle that allowed it to claim its legitimacy as the true alternative to the Tories."
Canada's 'first past the post' electoral system grossly exaggerated the parliamentary outcome in favour of the Liberals, but there is no denying the massive shift of votes to the Liberals from the labour-based NDP which campaigned like a 'balance the budget at all costs' big business party.
In the wake of "the NDP's disastrous move to the mushy middle" (Desmond Cole, Toronto Star, October 15), the NDP Socialist Caucus calls on Tom Mulcair to resign as federal leader and for the party's federal executive to set in motion a process to select a new leader and adopt a new political course that will advance the interests of working people and the oppressed.
The NDP 'brain trust', including Brad Lavigne and Ann McGrath, should go too. They disappeared the party's adopted policy resolutions from the NDP web site. They blocked or removed pro-Palestine New Democrats from being party candidates in the election. They silenced Linda McQuaig for stating the obvious - that oil and gas resources must be left in the ground if Canada is to meet its carbon emission goals and curb catastrophic climate change.
The problem is not just the Leader and a set of party officials, but a super-centralized apparatus and an entire political direction that thwarts the needs and aspirations of millions of working people. Lasting change must occur from the bottom-up, and that must include the removal of the Leader and officials who are not listening to the membership.
The NDP, the only mass, labour-based political party in North America remains viable as a potential leftist challenger to capitalist austerity, climate injustice, social inequality, racism, sexism and war. Jeremy Corbyn's stunning leadership victory in the British Labour Party, ongoing grassroots opposition to the EU bankers' agenda, and even the ouster of the hated Stephen Harper regime in Ottawa all show a big appetite for fundamental change. That is the agenda the NDP Socialist Caucus vigorously advances.
For more information, call NDP Socialist Caucus chairperson Barry Weisleder at: 647 - 986-1917 e-mail: email@example.com
NDP Socialist Caucus Condemns NDP Leadership’s Attempt to Ban Criticism of Israel The Mulcair leadership of the NDP has sought for some time to suppress criticism of Israel within the party. In the current election campaign, party apparatchiks are particularly concerned not to disrupt the pro-Zionist consensus that dominates mainstream political discourse.
Thus, an NDP candidate was disqualified in Nova Scotia and an Alberta member prevented from even seeking a nomination because they had echoed the judgement of Amnesty International and others that Israel was guilty of war crimes and violations of international law in Gaza and the West Bank.
Socialist Caucus Resolutions for Federal Convention
For each convention, the NDP Socialist Caucus prepares resolutions on a number of issues. Please widely circulate these resolutions and propose them for adoption at meetings of NDP riding associations, NDP Youth clubs and affiliated unions, for the purpose of debate and vote at the Federal NDP Convention.
We, the undersigned, applaud Federal NDP Leader Tom Mulcair for advocating a national childcare plan, a $15/hour minimum wage, and for opposing repressive Bill C-51 and the extension of the bombing of Iraq, and into Syria.
At the same time we call on Tom Mulcair to advance, as a priority, the following policies, which we call the 4 P's, as part of the current NDP election platform:
Pharmacare - a national drug plan will save Canadians over $7 billion, and is urgently needed to improve public health, especially of seniors and the poor.
Pipelines - the big drop in the price of oil presents a golden opportunity to oppose pipeline construction, to re-tool, and to go for green energy conversion (wind, hydro, solar, geothermal and biomass). To fund that gigantic energy shift it will be necessary to conscript the enormous accumulated wealth of the resource corporations by nationalizing Big Oil and Gas under workers' and community democratic control, while respecting Indigenous peoples' rights. Progressive Taxation - it will cost much money to provide $15/day childcare and other vital social expenditures required. The federal NDP should insist, not only on plugging tax loopholes, but on steeply taxing big business, the banks and the super-rich, while phasing out the regressive HST.
Palestine - over 2,000 residents of Gaza were slaughered by Israeli forces last summer. Benjamin Netanyahu and his racist Likhud coalition were re-elected after promising there will never be a Palestinian state. The two-state solution is dead. The alternative is a one-person, one-vote, democratic secular Palestine. We ask Tom Mulcair to support the demand of Palestinian unions, civil society and unions across Canada and around the world which call for Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions against the Zionist state until its apartheid practices end. Sign the Petition Here
Pétition au chef fédéral du Nouveau Parti démocratique, Thomas Mulcair
Nous, les soussignés, félicitons le chef du NPD fédéral, Thomas Mulcair, de préconiser un plan national de garderies, un salaire minimum de 15 $ / heure, et de s'opposer au répressif projet de loi C-51 et à l'extension du bombardement de l'Irak et de la Syrie.
Par la même occasion, nous demandons à Tom Mulcair de se doter des priorités politiques suivantes, que nous appelons les 4 P, dans le cadre de l'actuelle plate-forme électorale du NPD :
Pharmacare - Assurance médicament - Un plan national de médicaments permettra de faire économiser aux Canadiens plus de 7 milliards de dollars. Il est urgent d'améliorer la santé publique, en particulier celle des personnes âgées et des gens pauvres.
Pipelines - La forte baisse du prix du pétrole présente une occasion en or de s'opposer à la construction de pipelines et de reconvertir l'économie canadienne vers l'énergie verte (éolienne, hydraulique, solaire, géothermique et biomasse). Pour financer ce changement gigantesque, il sera nécessaire de mobiliser l'énorme richesse accumulée des sociétés du secteur des ressources naturelles en nationalisant les transnationales du pétrole et du gaz sous le contrôle démocratique des travailleurs et travailleuses et de celui de la communauté tout en respectant les droits des peuples autochtones.
La fiscalité Progressive - Il sera très coûteux d'offrir des services de garde à 15$ par jour et d'autres dépenses sociales vitales. Le NPD fédéral devrait insister non seulement pour bloquer les échappatoires fiscales mais aussi pour imposer fortement les grandes entreprises, les banques et les super-riches tout en éliminant progressivement la régressive taxe de vente harmonisée (TVH).
Palestine - Plus de 2 000 habitants de Gaza ont été massacrés par les forces israéliennes l'été dernier. Benjamin Netanyahu et sa raciste coalition Likhud ont été réélus après avoir promis qu'il n'y aura jamais un État palestinien. La solution de deux États est morte. L'alternative est une Palestine laïque et démocratique où chaque personne a un vote. Nous demandons à Tom Mulcair de soutenir la demande des syndicats palestiniens, de la société civile et des syndicats partout au Canada et dans le monde qui appellent au Boycott, Désinvestissement et Sanctions contre l’État sioniste jusqu'à ce qu'il mette fin à ses politiques d'apartheid.