Federal NDP candidates for 2019 federal election

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swallow wrote:

Leah Gazan will be an absolutely superb MP. 

My fist went up in the air when I heard she had won the nomination!


BetterOnTheLeft wrote:

Leah Gazan has defeeated MLA Andrew Swan and will represent the NDP in Winnipeg Centre against Robert-Falcon Ouellette. Get this, more then 900 (some reports of over 1000) people showed up! 

What a great profile below!




Ravi Joshi has dropped out of the nomination in Toronto-Danforth. Documenterian and educator Min Sook Lee is also running. 


Just saw Charlie Angus share on Facebook:

Anna Achneepineskum - Deputy Grand Chief of Nishnawbe Aski Nation - has got the go ahead to run to be the NDP candidate in Thunder Bay - Superior North

In Thunder Bay - Rainy River two have presented themselves as candidates:
Jason Storkson, president of the Nishnawbe Aski Police Service police association, and Yuk-Sem Won, visual artist and labour activist:


Mae J. Nam, a labour lawyer, is running for the federal NDP nomination in Beaches-East York. The NDP represents the riding provincially and held it federally from 2011 to 2015.




Wilf Day

Unionist wrote:
The NDP is a dictatorial organization that tries to extinguish any glimmer of principled voice or dissent, for fear that the billionaires will punish the party.

All generalizations are false, aren't they? (Including the sentence I just wrote?)
Unionist wrote:
My fist went up in the air when I heard she (Leah Gazan) had won the nomination!

For another example: from 2012 to 2015 I worked closely with Craig Scott, and agreed with him 90% of the time. Never dictatorial.
At the federal convention a year ago, some machine-types tried to keep Fair Vote Canada's resolution off the floor.  We outmanoeuvered them at the resolutions panel, it reached the floor and passed overwhemingly:
"Therefore be it resolved that the New Democratic Party of Canada reiterate its support for Mixed Member Proportional Representation and ensure that Mixed Member Proportional Representation be given a high profile in the NDP platform in the next federal election.

Be it resolved that : An NDP majority government will bring in proportional representation in time for the next election. In a minority parliament, the NDP would make proportional representation a condition for any potential alliance, or for support for any minority government."

Pretty poor dictators. Stalin would never have been so sloppy. 


Hopefully Emma will win the nomination.

Meet the climate justice activist hoping to run for the NDP in Nova Scotia



Wow!  The NDP is attracting some amazing candidates.  This is so encouraging.


Badriya wrote:

Wow!  The NDP is attracting some amazing candidates.  This is so encouraging.

I think the NDP always did. This thread here on babble really helps, and still there’s more good potential candidates from NDP membership. Such as Fred Hahn and Tania Liu whom I mentioned up thread. Sid Ryan has also been a candidate a number of times (one example of a lengthy list)

Tough part is getting elected. 

Mighty Middle

ctrl190 wrote:

I recall in a post-election interview in 2015 Craig Scott saying he was done with politics.

Watching TVO The Agenda (Topic "Fixing Our Democracy") one of the guests is former Toronto-Danforth NDP MP Craig Scott. He says he has no interest in running to be an MP again.


Two more very strong NPD nominations in Quebec,

In Shefford - Raymonde Plamondon, who was Mayor of Saint-Valérien-de-Milton from 2005 to 2013 and President of the Quebec Federation of Farmers from 2009 to 2017, will represent the NPD.

In Brome-Missisquoi - Sylvie Jetté, Director of Nursing Studies at the University of Sherbrooke was nominated. 


And I trust they've all been pre-screened to ensure there's no 'Palestinian fifth columnist' tendencies too. Wouldn't want to upset the zios with some loose talk of 'BDS' or 'Israeli Apartheid' would we?


Angela MacEwen - Senior Economist with CUPE, Research Associate with CCPA and former Economist with the CLC is running in Ottawa West-Nepean. 



Two strong candidates are fighting for the nomination in Thunder Bay-Rainy River held by John Rafferty from 2008 to 2015: labour activist Yuk Sem Won and union president for the Nishnawbe Aski Police Service Jason Storkson.

Storkson said he's a great communicator, team builder, and negotiator, due to his experiences as local president of his union, sitting on the bargaining team, and achieving equity and fairness for First Nations policing. 

Won, who has worked as an educator and labour representative, said her primary focus is ensuring that the people and families of Thunder Bay-Rainy River have a strong and active representative who is present in the community.

“I have always found that my strength was having conversations and advocating for the people I represented, finding both the common ground while bringing a strong voice for the things I believed in,” she said. “Taking on a role in politics was the next logical step.”

Storkson meanwhile, said some of his focus, if elected, would be geared towards investing into stronger education systems to help create an economically prosperous future for the province. “I believe every dollar spent on a person's training and education will return a hundredfold," said Storkson. ”The climate of cutbacks in education is brutal. With educated people come new ideas and innovation. From an economic perspective it makes sense for the country to pay for education right through post secondary in fields where there is a need for skilled workers,” he added. 

This includes trades schools, because of the “desperate need” for tradespeople and skilled workers in today's workforce, Storkson said. “Paying for their education and creating skilled employees who will contribute to the system and not take from it, makes sense to me,” he remarked.

Won is a fellow believer in investing money into people to help create and sustain jobs. She also noted that much of the NDP's core values match those held by citizens of Northwestern Ontario.   “Our policies support the growth and prosperity of our resources and people,” Won remarked. "They value each of us as members of a community and strive to ensure a prosperous future for all. We must bring together our economic focus with our goal to build a clean and sustainable Canada,” she added.

Won said the government needs to focus on issues that effect everyone, such as education, healthcare, poverty, caring for seniors, veterans, and protecting Human Rights. “We need to have a government that does not attempt to fix issues by stepping on and disregarding its people,” she remarked. “To prosper, our people need to have the opportunity become educated, healthy, and productive workers that can sustain and grow our economy.” Protecting Ontario's water and land, along with addressing climate change head-on to become a leader in the much needed green economy, are areas of importance for Won. 

“We all want to have a country that will not only survive, but thrive for generations to come,” Won noted. “We are looking to have a Canada where universal healthcare is partnered with universal pharmacare: because you shouldn't have to decide between medicine or rent,” she added.

Storkson is also a major proponent of the environment and if elected he said he'd like to see all of the political parties come together to create a green plan for Canada that is free from elections cycles and changing governments. “A plan, everyone can get behind with 5 year benchmarks for industry to cut emissions through research and development in cleaning their outputs,” he said. “I don't think the carbon tax is a good idea . . . incentives versus taxing is my philosophy on creating change.” The recently eliminated solar cell program for private homes and energy rebates on high efficiency appliances like furnaces and hot water tanks are programs Storkson would like to see revitalized. ...

If elected Storkson said much of his efforts would also be geared towards reconciliation with indigenous communities.

“Our First Nations need to become an integral part of our country,” he said.  “Systemic racism perpetrated in the past by our governments have created a welfare state for them. We need to scrap the Indian Act, rename and rewrite it from scratch together with the government and First Nations,” Storkson added. He said the current system can be fixed it just needs the political will to do it.


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There were three candidates in the nomination race in Toronto Danforth, activist documentary film maker Min Sook Lee, community activist/union/political staffer Ravi Joshi, and UNIFOR Health & Safety activist Brian Dias.

Ravi Joshi dropped out of the race a few weeks ago.   The nomination contest is now between Min Sook Lee and Brian Dias.    Min Sook Lee is expected to win.   I am biased and am supporting her.   She's best known for her documentary film "Migrant Dreams", documenting the exploitation of migrant farm workers in southwestern Ontario under the Temporary Foreign Worker program.

Parkdale-High Park is shaping up to be an interesting contest between former mayoral candidate and activist lawyer Saron Gebreselassie,  Foodshare Executive Director Paul Taylor and political commentator/columnist Tom Parkin.

Housing activist (and 2015 Green Party candidate) Tommy Taylor is seeking the NDP nomination in Scarborough Southwest.

Community activist Yafet Tewolde has recently won the nomination in York South Weston.  

One of the ways to move the left forward in the NDP is simply to nominate candidates from the left, and get them elected.    The more lefties there are in the parliamentary caucus, the less isolated they are, and the more they can engage in pushback against the leadership and the apparatchiks.

To his credit, Jagmeet Singh is not interfering with local nomination contests the way Mulcair did.    That's creating an opening for good folks to be nominated.

The other thing that's important to note, is that there are regional variations in the attitudes of progressive activists towards their provincial NDP.

In Ontario for instance, the NDP caucus has a very close relationship with the labour and social movements right now due to the fight against the Ford regime.   There is relatively little grumbling against the provincial party.   OTOH, I do hear a great deal of grumbling from BC.

So if the NDP loses some seats in some parts of the country, they are going to be to some extent offset by gains in Ontario.