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Founding convention for Socialist Party of Ontario to be held in May

| March 18, 2011

In a statement released on Wednesday, the Socialist Party of Ontario Steering Committee announced that a convention to establish a Socialist Party of Ontario will take place from May 27 to May 29 in Toronto.

The Ginger Group, comprised of NDP and non-NDP members, formed two years ago "to find new ways to influence the political discourse within Ontario and to reintroduce left-wing and Socialist ideals."

Since then, the Ginger Group concluded that the NDP is no longer "suitable" to represent left-wing movements within the parliamentary process.

The purpose of the convention is to set up a constitution and policies for the party, said the Ginger Group's Steering Committee.

"We encourage all those opposed to neo-Liberalism, racism, sexism, homophobia and who support an egalitarian society, based on principles of justice and fairness to attend," said the Committee.

"Every motion presented will be voted on and every motion passed will be party policy. We will NOT ignore our membership! Even our name itself will be decided at the convention."

Full convention details will be released in the next few days.

For further information, email the Ginger Group at info@gingerproject.org or contact them on Facebook.

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