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Herman Rosenfeld
NDP leader Jagmeet Singh announces the 2019 election platform in Ottawa. Still image from YouTube/CBC.

July 14, 2021

Efforts to radically transform existing social democratic parties are and have been difficult, maybe even impossible

This article is part of a series in which CD editors asked NDPers, current and former, to weigh in on the state of social democracy in Canada, and on Avi Lewis’s recent decision to pursue the party’s nomination in West Vancouver–Sunshine Coast–Sea to Sky Country. This is the first component of our coverage in advance of the upcoming federal election in fall 2021.

Ecosocialist Alliance
System Change

June 5, 2021  •  

Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the UK and the US (and the EU) have a great part of the immense wealth of the richest countries in the world in 2021. This wealth is more than sufficient to provide for the needs for food, water, health, housing and education of the global population.

Carl Meyer
Documentary filmmaker Avi Lewis will run for the federal NDP, he announced Monday. The Leap photo / Facebook

May 17th 2021

Documentary filmmaker Avi Lewis will run in the next federal election as an NDP candidate, he announced Monday.

Lewis is expected to be acclaimed as the NDP candidate for the riding of West Vancouver—Sunshine Coast—Sea to Sky Country during a campaign launch scheduled for Saturday. Liberal MP Patrick Weiler currently holds the seat.

Tom Athanasiou
World Map

A slow beginning to this article, but it contains a lot of information about what needs to be done (and is NOT being done or even planned) to save at least some of our billions from the impacts of climate disruption. Given how thorough the author is, what is discouraging--and more than a little strange--is that the word "capitalism" is never mentioned. As someone once said, if you don't know where you have to go, no road will take you there.

     - Gene McGuckin


May 12, 2021

Jessica Corbett
The THRIVE Act plans to create nine million jobs by upgrading infrastructure for clean water, affordable public transit, and a reliable electric grid and expanding access to wind and solar power, electric vehicles, and healthy buildings. (Photo: aydinmutlu/Getty Images)

April 29, 2021

The bill aims to ensure "an intersectional response" to the climate crisis, coronavirus pandemic, economic inequity, and racial injustice "that is proportionate to the scope of the problems we face."

On the heels of President Joe Biden unveiling the second prong of his infrastructure proposal, progressives in Congress came together Thursday to formally introduce sweeping legislation that would invest $10 trillion over a decade in advancing climate, economic, and racial justice while putting 15 million people nationwide to work.

William Janeway
Demostrators with the youth-led Sunrise Movement gather in San Francisco to call on House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi to support the formation of a select committee to advance a Green New Deal. (Photo: Peg Hunter/flickr/cc)

April 14, 2021

Whether it is called "Build Back Better" or a "Green Industrial Policy" or, indeed, a Green New Deal, it is imperative to reject the false dichotomy of "jobs against climate."

Metaphors matter. As a metaphor, the "New Deal" has been mobilized both in response to climate change and in support of President Biden's rescue and infrastructure initiatives. It needs examination if it is to go from serving as a mere slogan to defining a coherent program. Compelling invocation of the New Deal turns on:


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