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NB NDP Leader Resigns Amid Unhappiness With Fed Party Position On Syria

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Mighty Middle
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Portion of Dominic Cardy statement

The NDP is a one-stop shop. When you join the provincial NDP you join the federal NDP, whether you like it or not. Recently the federal NDP abandoned its proud history of internationalism, declaring itself a pacifist party. In a world where liberal democratic values are under threat from religious and political extremism and Canada confronts challenges from aggressive authoritarian regimes pacifism is a dangerous extreme, and immoral position. The federal NDP's statement that the conflict in Syria is "not our fight" goes against everything I believe: we live on a small planet with a responsibility to look after each other.

https://twitter.com/NickMooreCTV/status/815609977591177216

 


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Not all the comments where favourable.

"Good riddance to a chauvinist and Al-Qaeda apologist. I'm glad the #NDP opposed the jingoistic march to western imperialism. @NickMooreCTV"

I do not know specifically what NDP statement he objected to said.  I also am not sure what kind of intervention he was thinking about. Was he calling for Canada to enter the fray on behalf of the people of Syria and join the Russians and Iranians in supporting the sovereign government?


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From October last year

New Brunswick NDP leader’s proposal for a bigger Canadian role in Syria reflects a division running through the party over how to achieve peace

http://www.macleans.ca/politics/ottawa/new-brunswick-ndp-leader-argues-f...


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R2P or Responsibility to Protect is a imperial doctrine used to justify war, attacking sovereign countries, clubbing the UN into submission, and so on. It's about as internationalist as a firing squad.

This reads more like a noisy demand for the NDP to shift more to the right. Maybe GoC employees in that part of the country include the DND, etc., and there's more support for R2P and related justifications for militarism.


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Yes, another doom and gloom anti-NDP thread by Mr. Scarborough himself. How much does the Liberal party pay you?

Mighty Middle
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Misfit wrote:
Yes, another doom and gloom anti-NDP thread by Mr. Scarborough himself. How much does the Liberal party pay you?

I'm sorry.


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Mighty Middle wrote:

From October last year

New Brunswick NDP leader’s proposal for a bigger Canadian role in Syria reflects a division running through the party over how to achieve peace

http://www.macleans.ca/politics/ottawa/new-brunswick-ndp-leader-argues-f...

I guess since the federal NDP voted in favour of that very process for Libya one should look at the results to gauge the overall effect of the policy. Libya is in chaos and the people are at the mercy of roving gangs of armed militias while none of the Western NGO's have been able to kickstart anything that even vaguely resembles a democracy.. What did the people of Syria ever do to us for anyone to wish the same fate on them?

Here is a USIP assessment.

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Five years after Libya’s dictator Moammar Gadhafi was deposed in a popular revolution, the country remains trapped in a spiral of deteriorating security, economic crisis, and political deadlock. Trust in the nation’s weak government institutions has fallen to an all-time low as political elites, unable to agree on even a governmental structure, deploy armed militias to control territory and economic assets. An additional challenge comes from ISIS and other violent extremists exploiting the situation to expand operations in Libya. Still, civil society organizations remain active and committed to laying the foundation for a unity government capable of rebuilding the state. Meanwhile, a new, internationally recognized Government of National Accord—the product of a two-year, United Nations-led process—continues its struggle to establish legitimacy and a measure of control beyond the capital.

http://www.usip.org/publications/the-current-situation-in-libya


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Just looks like attention seeking on Dominic's part. Bye.


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As someone who's never been to New Brunswick and is looking at this from Québec -- wow, how far to the right is Dominic Cardy? That little screed looks like it could've been written by Mike Harris.


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I'm disappointed to hear about Cardy's resignation but I am not surprised. I have seen the interference he cites in this message first-hand in New Brunswick.


Ken Burch
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And the fact that under Mr. Cardy's exemplary leadership the NBNDP remains seatless and in FOURTH place in the polls has nothing to do with his "principled" decision to resign, of course.

Which federal NB riding will Justin hand him a Liberal nomination for 2020 in, then?

 


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In what I assume is an unintentionally brilliant nod to Orwell,  Cardy has named his pro-bombing organization "Canadians for Peace in Syria".


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Here's his full statement:

Dominic Cardy wrote:

January 1, 2017

Fellow New Brunswickers,

When I ran for leader of the New Brunswick New Democratic Party I challenged my party to become genuinely progressive. To break the network of patronage and bailouts that has undermined our province. To make our province fair, free, and wealthy.

The NDP we built since 2011 attracted lifetime New Democrats, reform-minded Liberals and Conservatives, and others who had never been inspired to run for office. We spoke hard truths: Wasteful government spending threatens the poor and social programs we need just as much as reckless tax cuts. Giving handouts to companies while cutting education is not economic development, it’s social vandalism. We need a strong government, not a big government.

We worked across party lines and got NDP authored bills passed into law – a Canadian first for a party with no seats. With a team of young volunteers and dedicated staff we cleaned up a party massively in debt, chronically disorganized, and deeply undemocratic in its operations. Today the NDP is debt free, the most organized provincial party, and runs according to clear rules.

I am so proud of the work my team accomplished. We ran a team of outstanding candidates and ran on a platform widely acknowledged as the best in 2014. We won more votes than any NDP campaign in New Brunswick’s history. We earned equal billing with the Liberals and PCs. We spooked the Liberals to the point they ran ads against us: I’ll take that as a compliment! We did it all on a shoestring budget, showing we were serious about being good stewards of people’s money. But we could not break the two-party cycle.

Since the disappointment of 2014 I have been honoured to win a leadership review at convention and votes of confidence at Provincial Council meetings. However, some New Democrats unfortunately believe change and openness have had their time. They want to return to an old NDP of true believers, ideological litmus tests and moral victories.

Some of these people, with support from certain leaders of the province’s largest public sector union, have tried to bend and break the rules, abusing new members and trying to undermine the democratic will of the party. They have served notice that, no matter how many votes they lose, they will continue to organize. Not to win elections, but to fight endless internal battles.

As leader, this leaves me with a difficult choice: Reward bad behaviour and adopt a protest platform or marshal the team to win yet another vote. The first choice was never an option. I will not be part of offering our province another set of bad, discredited, ideas. The second choice would exact a toll on party volunteers and staff who have been subjected, from 2011, to unacceptable abuse.

Today I have the resources to win a leadership fight, as I have won every fight before, or to win an electoral breakthrough. I cannot do both.

Today the NDP faces a rerun of 2014. Limited time and energy is being wasted on infighting before the election. That contributed to our loss in 2014 as it will in 2018. Those same destructive forces continue their sterile battle, ignoring the will of the party they claim to champion, using language from the 1930s and policies from the 1970s. There is nothing progressive about this behaviour.

The NDP is a one-stop shop. When you join the provincial NDP you join the federal NDP, whether you like it or not. Recently the federal NDP abandoned its proud history of internationalism, declaring itself a pacifist party. In a world where liberal democratic values are under threat from religious and political extremism and Canada confronts challenges from aggressive authoritarian regimes pacifism is a dangerous, extreme, and immoral position. The federal NDP’s statement that the conflict in Syria is “not our fight” goes against everything I believe: we live on a small planet with a responsibility to look after each other.

I cannot lead a party where a tiny minority of well-connected members refuse to accept the democratic will of the membership. I cannot continue as a member of a party that has abandoned internationalism. Therefore, after a Christmas of reflection with family and friends, I am resigning as leader and as a member of the New Brunswick NDP, effective January 1, 2017.

I grew up in New Brunswick. I love this province. Being leader of this party, having the chance to meet people in every corner of the province, to share their struggles and successes, has been the best experience of my life. We have the people we need to succeed; we still need a political vehicle to drive us where we need to go. I had hoped the NDP was that vehicle and, alongside many talented and caring people, I did my best to build it.

I have always been clear that parties are less important than ideas. I am stepping away from the NDP but I remain a New Brunswicker who loves this province. I look forward to fighting for my team’s ideals in new ways. Thank you to the team who worked alongside me. Thank you to the tens of thousands of New Brunswickers who voted for our vision of a better province.

We did our best. Thank you for the chance to serve,

Dominic Cardy
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Thank you for posting that.

Cardy's statement contains a clear and blatant lie.  The NDP did NOT "declare itself a pacifist party".  It opposed the idea of bombing Syria. The party did not say it opposes the use of force in any and all situations that might ever occur for the rest of eternity.

A person or a party doesn't HAVE to support bombing Syria just to prove that person or that party is not unalterably opposed to war in any form.

It's pretty obvious what's going on here:

Cardy has been an utter failure as leader of the NBNDP.  Despite the fact that the hardline Blairite policies he imposed on the party were supposed to be a guarantee of a massive increase in popular support, the NBNDP is currently LESS popular than it was at the last provincial election or at the 2015 federal election.  His opponents in the NBNDP(most of who he sees as ultraleft throwbacks) had been pushing for another leadership review.  So Cardy realized he had to go...but not without getting payback against the NBNDP left(and perhaps even Mulcair himself as he millimetres towards the door) by smearing the party as a bunch of gutless peaceniks.  By doing this, he would not only make it harder for anyone who succeeded him in the provincial leadership to outperform him at the next NB election, he would also give aid and comfort to the other major federal parties(either of which, given Cardy's complete absence of personal political conviction, could offer him a federal nomination and the chance to be the Hazen Argue of the Maritimes).

It's about vengeance and having what the Brits call "an eye for the main chance".


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The difference is Hazen Argue could get himself elected. Why would the other parties bother with Cardy? The federal Liberals will have no or very few vacancies, and the Conservatives will need candidates with personal popularity.


Ken Burch
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There's that.  Justin could stick him in the Senate as a reward for smearing the Dippers.


Ken Burch
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And once Hazen switched parties, HE only got elected once.  They put him in the Senate for helping hold the NDP vote down in the Prairies in the 1962-65 era.


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That's all arguable, of course!

Mighty Middle
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Dominic Cardy gives an interview to CTV Atlantic his reasons for not only quitting as party leader, but from the NDP Party

http://atlantic.ctvnews.ca/n-b-ndp-leader-resigns-over-infighting-and-cl...

Cardy says he doesn't have a warm relationship with NB Liberals, says GRN and PANB have similar fringe/extremists as the NDP.

The only person he is non-critical about is PC Leader Blaine Higgs

https://twitter.com/NickMooreCTV/status/815937989243240448


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I'm sure he'd have a better time with the provincial PCs. I can see why he's done with the NBNDP. This still doesn't explain his weird, and not really explained, position on the federal NDP and Syria.


josh
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Reading his statement it's clear that he's a super Blairite.

MegB
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Took a swipe at labour on the way out too I see.


Basement Dweller
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josh wrote:
Reading his statement it's clear that he's a super Blairite.
It's such an odd position for Cardy to take when not even Blair is a Blairite anyone.


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Quote:

Cardy's statement contains a clear and blatant lie.  The NDP did NOT "declare itself a pacifist party".  It opposed the idea of bombing Syria. The party did not say it opposes the use of force in any and all situations that might ever occur for the rest of eternity.

A person or a party doesn't HAVE to support bombing Syria just to prove that person or that party is not unalterably opposed to war in any form.

I agree regarding Syria.  Regarding "pacifism", it is a term that Mulcair would sometimes use.  See link from Sept 2015 and link from Sept 2016.  I assume this was 1.) because it aligns with Mulcair's views, and 2.) is seen as a strategic stance for winning votes in Quebec.  For the most part, I feel the NDP has promoted peace and human rights and has seen war as a last resort.  A relatively new policy is the following:

NDP Policy Book wrote:

New Democrats believe in...

Promoting peace building and peacekeeping as our military priorities, and participating only in United Nations (UN) mandated operations.

The policy seems a step in the right direction.  So, it's clear where the NDP would stand on missions that are solely American initiatives without a UN mandate. 

Being less shy about using terms like "pacifist" and "socialist" seems to be part of the new branding of the NDP.  I myself don't get too obsessive about words.  Others unfortunately do, though.  It's like all the stupid banter I often see from ignoramuses about whether the NDP is "social democratic" or "democratic socialist". Lefties looking to infight.  To me, being pro-peace as much as possible and using war as a last resort is being (or at least leaning toward being) pacifist.  It's not a word I get bent outta shape over.  Others who are dying to infight, of course, do.

I think the military is a big employer in the Atlantic provinces.  So, words like "pacifist" tend not to go over well there.

That said, I think Cardy is taking a rather cowardly way out from his own failure by tossing darts at everyone while he leaves.


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I dwelt on the assertion about the NDP being "a pacifist party" because in making that claim, Cardy has given the Liberals and the Conservatives a devastating attack line to use against the NDP at the next federal election.

To a lot of voters, the claim that a party is "pacifist" automatically delegitimizes that party.  It shouldn't(there's no reason Canada couldn't have a government that rejected war other than the defense of Canadian soil from external attack), but it does.

War as-an-extreme-last-resort needs to be kept in the policy offer...but this can still include a recognition that war is pretty much always a tragedy and a failure and nothing whose outcome should ever again be celebrated by anyone.


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I see no evidence of the NDP as a 'pacifist' party. On the contrary, it's bellicose boostering of imperialism in  Libya, Ukraine and Syria, (esp sanctions, White Helmets etc)  frequently exceeds that of the government itself. NDP = No Difference Party.


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Cardy won't rule out return to politics, jump to PCs:

 

Cardy said Monday he had been thinking seriously about resigning over the past six months and when he saw Blaine Higgs chosen as Tory leader, it made the decision easier.

Cardy said it's not so much about political parties but ideas for him, and he has a great deal of respect for Higgs. He said he could consider joining the Conservatives before the next provincial election.

"If I have to choose between (New Brunswick Premier Brian) Gallant and Mr. Higgs, Blaine Higgs is an honourable person who has the best interests of the province at heart. I don't believe that about Mr. Gallant," said Cardy.

 


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Sounds like an opportunist.

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Cardy wrote:

However, some New Democrats unfortunately believe change and openness have had their time. They want to return to an old NDP of true believers, ideological litmus tests and moral victories.

Some of these people, with support from certain leaders of the province’s largest public sector union, have tried to bend and break the rules, abusing new members and trying to undermine the democratic will of the party. They have served notice that, no matter how many votes they lose, they will continue to organize.

Pardon my skepticism, but I don't think Mr. Cardy actually gives a shit about the people of Syria.

The largest public sector union in NB is undoubtedly CUPE, right? So does anyone closer to the scene know what those contradictions are about?

 


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He's a fracking waste of skin who rightly belongs in the PC party. I found this gem from just after the 2014 election. The subtext might explain his rant about public sector unions. Union activists in the NDP don't mind nomination battles.

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The election is another electoral setback to the NDP’s efforts to refashion itself in the mold of the Labour Party in Britain. Cardy came second in his Fredericton district, with 30% of the vote. My article in July 2014 on the shift to the right of the NDP across Canada reported briefly on the Cardy-led right shift in New Brunswick, saying:

In New Brunswick, the NDP is undergoing a sharp shift to the right in which two sitting members of the provincial legislature from the Conservative and Liberal parties have been selected by the party leader as candidates in the next provincial election. The president of the NDP district association where the Conservative is to run has quit, saying he wants out of the “Un democratic party.” He says, “I'll be back when the reign of terror is over,” referring to NDP leader Dominic Cardy's sharp right turn.

http://www.vancouverobserver.com/world/canada/pro-gas-fracking-governmen...


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