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What do you think of the Leap Manifesto?

Well, as Naomi Klein said, the Leap Manifesto is certainly in the news.

The document, launched during the 2015 election campaign and recently debated at the 2016 NDP convention, has received much attention for its call to act on climate change with an intersectional approach.

Rachel Notley seemingly slammed the Leap at the convention with her speech about the current economic situation in Alberta and others have dismissed it as "looney" or naive.

Supporters have praised its grassroots and inclusive approach and its call for immediate action on issues like climate change. 

The debate on the Leap Manifesto continues to surge. So we want to know: what do you think of the Leap Manifesto?

 

 

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What result do you want to see from the NDP convention?

The NDP convention is finally upon us, beginning tomorrow, and in the lead-up to it, analysts, individuals and NDP members have been pretty vocal about the party's future, especially when it comes to leadership.

The big question seems to be if Tom Mulcair will stay or go. Some comment that he is not the progressive leadership the party needs, while others suggest this focus should not overshadow the renewal of the party in general. However, several proposed resolutions will also be discussed that could have a hand in reshaping the party's future.

We've asked you what you think of the NDP leadership question (and, boy!, did you answer) and now we want to ask you this:

What result do you want to see from the NDP convention?

 

 

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What feedback will you give to the government on the TPP?

Canada's government is moving forward with its plan for community consultation on the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade agreement.

This week Let's Talk TPP, a community feedback tool, launched to make certain your voice is heard.

Many experts, organizations and individuals have been vocal about the dangers of the TPP: major Internet restrictions, job-killing measures, weakened environmental provisions to name just a few.

What feedback will you give to the government on the TPP?

 

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What do you think of the Liberals' first federal budget?

The Trudeau government delivered its first budget on Tuesday. Many noted that it was a radical departure from the previous Harper government budgets, while others thought it was not radical enough.

Some real responses to addressing poverty and reducing inequality were tabled along with major funding increases for First Nations reserves and education; however, the actual committment seems suspect.

The budget missed the mark on closing loopholes, reducing subsidies for the fossil fuel industry and implementing a national child-care strategy.

The reaction to budget 2016 has been varied. What do you think of the Liberals' first federal budget?

 

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What do you think is the best way to renew the NDP?

The NDP convention is coming up in early April and, unsurprisingly, discussion of the future of the NDP has been relentless since the party's less-than-stellar preformance during the 2015 federal election.

Many have questioned whether current party leader Tom Mulcair should stay on, citing the party's apparent shift to the right during the election as a prime example of its failure. Others have suggested a leadership campaign is the last distraction the party needs.

Some have also suggested the party has become disconnected with Canada's left, especially grassroots and social movements, and needs to renew its own goals and objectives.

What do you think is the best way to renew the NDP?

 

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What is the best voting system for Canada?

Justin Trudeau has promised to "make every vote count" in Canadian elections and reform our first-past-the-post system. However, the government has been silent as of late on how it will proceed with electoral reform in Canada.

There are several options for a new voting system, but most point to proportional representation over other forms as being the best for Canada.

What is the best voting system for Canada?

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Do you think the Liberals will be able to keep their climate change promises?

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, Canada's premiers and some Indigenous leaders are in Vancouver this week discussing a cross-Canada climate policy framework.

Trudeau announced more than $125 million for environmental initiatives. The Federation of Canadian Municipalities will receive $75 million $50 million will be spent on federal infrastructure.

Trudeau expressed support for some controversial pipeline projects during the transition to a low-carbon economy and the federal government's national carbon price is expected to draw criticism from the premiers.

Do you think the Liberals will be able to keep their climate change promises?

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How does this new BDS motion change your approach to activism?

The Liberal government voted to support a Conservative motion that condemns Canadians who support the boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) movement against Israel. Twelve Liberal MPs refused to vote and two Liberal MPs voted no.

The Liberals, Conservatives and NDP all have announced support for Israel and opposition to BDS, however, NDP leader Tom Mulcair made clear that this motion limits topics of discussion for debate, which is not a role the government should take and his party would vote against it.

On the same day, the McGill Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) Action Network passed a motion in support of BDS.

How does this new BDS motion change your approach to activism?

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How should emerging forms of media be treated by governments?

On Tuesday, Rachel Notley and the Alberta NDP caused a media frenzy when they banned correspondents from The Rebel, a website run by former Sun News correspondent and pundit Ezra Levant.

On Wednesday, the Alberta NDP reversed its decision and announced it will not ban any media outlet while a review of its policies are underway.

The situation has caused considerable discussion about censorship, free speech and Canadian media, specifically traditional versus new media and the role of government since this practice is commonplace across all levels of government.

How should emerging forms of media be treated by governments?

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How should the NDP move forward after the 2015 election?

NDP Leader Tom Mulcair has released a letter taking full responsibility for the party's dismal 2015 election results. He expressed the desire to remain leader of the NDP and assured supporters he would not make the same mistakes of the 2015 election campaign.

Many have been critical of the leader, but also the party in general saying it needs to renew its strategy and priorities in order to differentiate itself from the Liberals and represent Canada's Left.

How should the NDP move forward after the 2015 election?

 

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