Federal NDP candidates for 2019 federal election

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Unionist

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!

jerrym

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! 
https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/manitoba/leah-gazan-winnipeg-centre-1.5079102?__vfz=medium%3Dsharebar&fbclid=IwAR2wN5I7XOUR0wp6T552uizLypFzgsrLc-jvzyZvPxtBpKJLPvW1jYAHO78

What a great profile below!

https://www.leahgazan.ca

 

ctrl190

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

BetterOnTheLeft

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:
https://www.tbnewswatch.com/local-news/two-seeking-ndp-nomination-in-thunder-bay-rainy-river-1371605

ctrl190

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.

https://twitter.com/MaeJNam

 

 

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!

See?
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. 

NorthReport

Hopefully Emma will win the nomination.

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

http://www.rabble.ca/news/2019/03/meet-climate-justice-activist-hoping-run-ndp-nova-scotia#at_pco=smlrebv-1.0&at_si=5cc60cb841a19805&at_ab=per-2&at_pos=0&at_tot=5

Badriya

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

WWWTT

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.

NorthReport
BetterOnTheLeft

Two more very strong NPD nominations in Quebec,
https://www.lavoixdelest.ca/actualites/lactualite-regionale-en-bref-3c7fc70d1aaca6783b416bc63163e115

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. 

NDPP

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?

BetterOnTheLeft

Angela MacEwen - Senior Economist with CUPE, Research Associate with CCPA and former Economist with the CLC is running in Ottawa West-Nepean. 
https://www.facebook.com/events/2409568092609245/

 

jerrym

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.

http://www.fftimes.com/news/local/news/two-candidates-seeking-ndp-nomina...

radiorahim radiorahim's picture

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.

 

radiorahim radiorahim's picture

NDPP wrote:

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?

Jessa McLean candidate in the recent York-Simcoe by-election (and a wonderful young activist in the 15 and Fairness Campaign) speaks of Israeli apartheid and the BDS campaign.    She was also denounced by Freeland in the HOC over her principled opposition to the US backed coup attempt in Venezuela.  

My understanding is that she is running again this fall.   It's a tough constituency where the Tories could nominate a dead rat and it would get elected.

WWWTT

Has anyone heard anything from Neethan Shanmugarajah (Shan for short)?

I believe he’s been a candidate provincially for the ONDP. And was a Toronto councillor. And thanks to Fords shrunken realignment of Toronto regional council, he got voted out last municipal election (but came in a close second)

I personally like Neethan!  I don’t think Neethan would be popular amongst babblers, but I believe he’s a good selfless person. The most underrated quality needed!

lagatta4

I think a dead rat would make a very good Tory MP. You could also have him or her mummified, so as to serve many terms.

NDPP

"Randall Garrison NDP cannot stop ingratiating himself with Israel's apartheid regime."

https://twitter.com/dimitrilascaris/status/1131384606006104064

The NDP must stop supporting apartheid Israel and  voters should demand all candidates state their support for BDS. Then let us know who refuses.

swallow swallow's picture

Garrison should not be in this group, in my view. 

Garrison is also the leading LGBT+ activist in parliament and has been active in international human rights promotion and environmentalism for decades. If he is not re-elected, it will be a loss for parliament and for Canada, especially in removing the LGBT+ activist voice that is needed. 

I can't imagine the NDP insisting on BDS as a requirement for anything. But at least they voted all against the Conservative-Liebral motion to condemn it. 

Still glad to see the NDP nominating more anti-racist, environmentalist candidates than it used to do. 

Debater

Randall Garrison faces a strong challenge this year from Green candidate David Merner.

swallow swallow's picture

He sure does, and the Greens must be favourites to win the seat. Again, losing Garrison would be a sad outcome. 

Debater

If the latest Nanos poll is accurate, the Greens are apparently ahead of the NDP in British Columbia now (and in Quebec).

swallow swallow's picture

I am curious Debater, do you care about issues and people, or only about polls? 

Debater

Of course I care about issues -- my main concern right now, like many Canadians, is the environment.

That's why I think I will vote Green this year to send a message to the Liberals & the NDP about how important it is.

jerrym

Debater wrote:

Of course I care about issues -- my main concern right now, like many Canadians, is the environment.

That's why I think I will vote Green this year to send a message to the Liberals & the NDP about how important it is.

Your previous posts fooled me on both counts. You continually push polls and the Liberals and do not provide very little in the way of discussing issues as issues, as opposed to who is winning on a particular issue, including the environment. There is a famous saying: when people show who they are (as opposed to what they say) believe them. Until I see a change in what you post on, I find it hard to believe otherwise. 

jerrym

Debater wrote:

Of course I care about issues -- my main concern right now, like many Canadians, is the environment.

That's why I think I will vote Green this year to send a message to the Liberals & the NDP about how important it is.

Your previous posts fooled me on both counts. In addition, eight minutes after this post you posted on the Ontario provincial poll showing a drop in Ford support and rise in Liberal support, even though the title of the thread was Budgets and Economic Updates. You also did not discuss how the Ford cuts are impacting people's lives. You continually push polls and the Liberals and do not provide very little in the way of discussing issues as issues, as opposed to who is winning on a particular issue, including the environment. There is a famous saying: when people show who they are (as opposed to what they say) believe them. Until I see a change in what you post on, I find it hard to believe otherwise. 

Debater

Jerry, you can believe what you like.  I don't have to justify myself to you.  This sort of petty thing is why many people don't post on this board anymore, and why mainstream parties like the NDP are losing support to the Greens.

And it's weird that you're tracking & analyzing my posting history.  The reason I posted the new data showing the drop in support for Ford was to back up the effect of the service cuts that you had posted about earlier on that Ontario thread.

swallow swallow's picture

Glad to hear you have views, Debater. I had not been able to discern them from your previous posts. Would love to hear your thoughts on issues more often. 

I may well vote Green for the same reason. It will depend on the local candidates, since I am old-fashioned and try to vote for the person that I think will make the best MP. 

WWWTT

Debater wrote 

This sort of petty thing is why many people don't post on this board anymore, and why mainstream parties like the NDP are losing support to the Greens.

lol! You gotta b freekin joking me?

First off, the greens are drawing support from ALL parties. Not just the NDP. 

But for some odd reason, only the NDP are in trouble?

 

jerrym

ETA: Good news for the NDP in Newfoundland: Jack Harrris is running for the nomination in St. John's East where he lost by only 2.4% in the Liberal sweep of the Atlantic region. The nomination meeting is on June 18th.  

He will be running against Liberal MP Nick Whalen who in October 2016 "responded to comments over Twitter by Earle McCurdy about the protests opposing the Lower Churchill Project over concerns of methylmercury being spilled into Lake Melville. Whalen responded by tweeting that the methylmercury levels should be monitored and people should compensate when levels are high by eating less fish. Whalen later issued an apology for that comment." (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nick_Whalen)

jerrym

The success of the provincial NDP in winning three ridings on election night may have helped persuade Jack Harris to run in St. John's East, as his name only appeared on the wiki candidates list a couple of weeks after the provincial election. 

Mighty Middle

SHOCKING NEWS - Nova Scotia NDP MLA (& former leadership candidate) Lenore Zann has quit the NDP and will seek the Liberal nomination in the federal district of Cumberland Colchester.

https://globalnews.ca/news/5371516/lenore-zann-federal-liberal/

Debater

Jack Harris has a chance to win because of his star caliber, but because the Federal NDP is polling so low in Atlantic Canada, and is now behind the Greens, there are no guarantees for him.

Leonore Zann's decision to run for the Liberals is interesting, but because Cumberland-Colchester is usually a Conservative stronghold, there's a strong chance Scott Armstrong will win it back now that Bill Casey is retiring.

robbie_dee

Mighty Middle wrote:

SHOCKING NEWS - Nova Scotia NDP MLA (& former leadership candidate) Lenore Zann has quit the NDP and will seek the Liberal nomination in the federal district of Cumberland Colchester.

https://globalnews.ca/news/5371516/lenore-zann-federal-liberal/

This thread is about federal NDP candidates, not about former provincial New Democrats who have decided to run for other federal parties. If you're interested, though, there is another thread about Lenore Zann open here.

jerrym

jerrym wrote:

ETA: Good news for the NDP in Newfoundland: Jack Harrris is running for the nomination in St. John's East where he lost by only 2.4% in the Liberal sweep of the Atlantic region. The nomination meeting is on June 18th.  

He will be running against Liberal MP Nick Whalen who in October 2016 "responded to comments over Twitter by Earle McCurdy about the protests opposing the Lower Churchill Project over concerns of methylmercury being spilled into Lake Melville. Whalen responded by tweeting that the methylmercury levels should be monitored and people should compensate when levels are high by eating less fish. Whalen later issued an apology for that comment." (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nick_Whalen)

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Jack Harris has a chance to win because of his star caliber, but because the Federal NDP is polling so low in Atlantic Canada, and is now behind the Greens, there are no guarantees for him.

Interesting that once again Debater, as is the tendency of Liberals here, you comment only on the candidate but not on an issue, in this case Liberal MP's Nick Whalen's comment that people should compensate by eating less fish when toxic levels of methylmercury are high because it is being spilled in Lake Melville due to the Lower Churchill Project. If you are switched to the Greens as you now say, one might expect more outrage at such an approach that only resulted in an apology when the protests became too numerous.

Debater

Jerry, do you realize that you criticize almost every post I make?  You criticize my discussion of polls.  You criticize my discusion of candidates.  You criticize me for planning to vote Green.  And on & on.

Have you noticed that this board is dead a lot of the time?  With only about half a dozen regular posters?

It's not hard to see why.

jerrym

My criticism is consistent. It always seems that your posts boost the Liberals even when you say that you are supporting the Greens. They are consistently about how well the Liberals appear to be doing according to you without discussing the issues. I rarely criticize most others because they at least discuss issues  some of the time, even if I don't agree withthem.  I also avoid flare fights which I believe are pointless. Once again you avoided the issue of Nick Whalen's comment saying that the solution to methylmercury poisoning is for the natives to eat less fish and what it suggests about his attitude towards First Nations and the environment. To avoid a flare fight I will leave my comments at that. 

Aristotleded24

Jerry, you do see that the federal NDP is struggling to gain traction and is actually at risk of losing a great deal of support? Of course people are going to comment on that. It's great that you support the NDP, but let's at least do so with a clear understanding of what is actually happening.

Pondering

jerrym wrote:

My criticism is consistent. It always seems that your posts boost the Liberals even when you say that you are supporting the Greens. They are consistently about how well the Liberals appear to be doing according to you without discussing the issues. I rarely criticize most others because they at least discuss issues  some of the time, even if I don't agree withthem.  I also avoid flare fights which I believe are pointless. Once again you avoided the issue of Nick Whalen's comment saying that the solution to methylmercury poisoning is for the natives to eat less fish and what it suggests about his attitude towards First Nations and the environment. To avoid a flare fight I will leave my comments at that. 

He is focused on evaluating the ridings from the perspective of likely winners rather than supporting one or the other.  Commenting on Whalen's tweet is pointless unless it has had an impact on his electability.  It's not like someone is going to argue in defence so the only thing to say is "how awful". 

Are you saying it has impacted Nick Whalen's popularity or lack thereof?

My perception of Debater is that his interest is in tracking the popularity of the various parties. The Liberals have been the most popular. Saying you think a particular person will win a riding doesn't mean you want them to. 

I agree with what he is saying about babble. There is so much focus on who is posting rather than on what they are saying and on projecting identities on them. Whether or not Debater is a Liberal is meaningless. 

The point of these sorts of accusations is to undermine the person being attacked, and it is an attack. The implication is that the person is biased and just pretending not to support X. Even if that were true it doesn't matter. Either the arguments are sound or they are not. 

ctrl190

The NDP needs to pick up the pace and find candidates. Look at those massive gaps around the GTA.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_candidates_by_riding_for_the_43rd_Canadian_federal_election#Durham_and_York

 

Debater

Yeah, the NDP is very, very far behind on candidate selection this year.  Large swaths of the country are missing NDP candidates.

I've noticed there are several places where the Liberals & Conservatives are also missing candidates across the country, although the NDP seems to be having the most trouble.

Part of it may also be the large size of the country -- it's challenging for even big parties to find candidates for all the ridings.

robbie_dee

Rana Zaman is out in Dartmouth-Cole Harbour.

https://globalnews.ca/news/5413069/ndp-part-ways-with-zaman

Debater

It seems that Frank Magazine dug up a tweet she wrote about Israel/Palestine last year.

She is expected to be replaced by Emma Norton, who was the runner up for the NDP nomination.

brookmere

Svend Robinson gets away with saying the same thing. But he's too prominent to be sacked without a serious backlash in BC and elsewhere. And he just happens to be a while male.

https://twitter.com/ranazamanNS/status/1004042031818211328

https://www.ledevoir.com/politique/canada/546158/svend-robinson-et-le-co...

Aristotleded24

We have Muslim congresswomen in the United States openly criticizing Israeli policy towards the Palestinians, and yet the NDP still bounces prospective candidates for that? The party is more tone-deaf to what is happening in the real world than I thought.

Stockholm

Aristotleded24 wrote:

We have Muslim congresswomen in the United States openly criticizing Israeli policy towards the Palestinians, and yet the NDP still bounces prospective candidates for that? The party is more tone-deaf to what is happening in the real world than I thought.

She was not dumped for being critical of Israel...many NDP MPs and candidates have done that with no consequence. But she posted tweets that were blatantly anti-semitic and beyond the pale.

 

Debater

Stockholm is correct.  I went and looked at the tweet that Frank Magazine dug up and sent to the NDP.

This time it wasn't a case of a candidate being dismissed just for weighing into the Israel/Palestine debate and criticizing the usual Israeli policies on the Gaza Strip, resettlement, etc.  Rana Zaman made a tweet that went over the line and compared the Israelis to the Nazis and said they were aiming to beat the Nazi total of 6 million dead and referred to Auschwitz:

Ken Burch Ken Burch's picture

Obviously, the Israeli government hasn't become as bad as the Nazis in its approach to the Palestinians yet.  Why is it inadmissable to say that there is the real possibility that the Israeli government, on its current trajectory-we can assume that that trajectory will not be altered anytime soon, if it ever is, since there is no real difference on the I/P issue between Likud and the allegedly centrist "Blue and White" party that now pretends to be the opposition-could eventually end up going in that direction?

Is there not the danger that ANY form of nationalism, when you get right down to it, could go fascist and exterminationist?

What she said was excessively harsh towards Israel as a country. It would have been enough for Singh to chastise her for the wording.

But she said nothing about Jews in that.  Israel is not "The Jews".  It's simply a country.

Do we really want to buy into the Likudnik argument that the State of Israel is somehow synonymous with every Jewish person on the planet, with every manifestation of Judaism as religion, with every form of Jewish culture?  

If so, why?  What purpose does that serve?  How does accepting that framing do anything at all but give aid and comfort to the actual antisemites of the world, the far right?

And, really, how many limits should we be placing about what can be said about the Israeli government itself? 

There is nothing the Israeli government is doing to Palestinians these days, and arguably there's been nothing it has done since the Six Day War, that can truthfully be called a matter of survival, can decently be placed above debate and discussion.  There is nothing that that state is doing that is actually protecting the safety of Jewish people anywhere.  The Israeli government is against ending the war-it has proven that by continuing to take more and more land in the West Bank for the illegal settlements, by subsidizing people to MOVE to the settlements, by openly talking about annexing the West Bank.   If the West Bank is annexed, what right does the Israeli government have to ever expect the Palestinians to give up the armed struggle OR to expect normalization of relations with the other Arab countries?

As to who becomes the NDP candidate now we can assume that whoever gets put in in this candidate's place will be worthless centrist nothingburger who will stand for nothing and fight for no one.  The NDP leadership has NEVER accepted a passionate champion of social and economic justice as a replacement for any candidate whose nomination it refused to accept, and it never will.  The NDP bureaucracy doesn't want candidates who ever stand for anything.

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