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Federal NDP candidates for 2019 federal election

First NDP candidate to be nominated for the 2019 election is Andrew Cash. He was acclaimed the candidate for the riding of Davenport today as no one ran against him for the nomination

Jagmeet Singh was at his nomination meeting today.

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cco

Not the first. The first in Toronto, maybe? Quebec's nomination meetings have been going on for weeks now.

Mighty Middle

cco wrote:
Not the first. The first in Toronto, maybe? Quebec's nomination meetings have been going on for weeks now.

Possibly, I was watching CP24 this AM and the reporter who interviewed Jagmeet Singh live on the air said Cash was the first NDP Nominated candidate - but since CP24 is Toronto centric, they could have been talking about Toronto only.

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Mr. Magoo

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Not the first. The first in Toronto, maybe? Quebec's nomination meetings have been going on for weeks now.

Have those meetings resulted in chosen candidates?

cco

Yes, though to be fair, I haven't been to a contested one, just Alexandre Boulerice's acclamation.

Mighty Middle

Peggy Nash is taking a pass on Parkdale-High Park and former Toronto Mayoral candidate Saron Gebresellassi is seeking the NDP nomination in Parkdale-High Park. 

BetterOnTheLeft

Looks like Svend Robinson is looking for a come back in Burnaby North-Seymour:
https://www.ledevoir.com/politique/canada/543275/svend-robinson-songe-a-... (funny I'm only seeing this on a MTL french newspaper)

Nick Milanovic, Lawyer and Law Professor, is running for the nomination to succeed Wayne Marston in Hamilton East-Stoney Creek 
https://nickmilanovic.ca/

 

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Looks like Svend Robinson is looking for a come back in Burnaby North-Seymour:
https://www.ledevoir.com/politique/canada/543275/svend-robinson-songe-a-... (funny I'm only seeing this on a MTL french newspaper)

..chromium translation

Former NDP MP Svend Robinson thinks of a return

Former NDP star Svend Robinson is thinking of making the leap back into federal politics in 2019 to reclaim her former seat in British Columbia. Whoever had gone into controversy after stealing a ring of prizes wants to get back on track to talk about climate change and the environment.

"I may be running in the next federal election in my former riding of Burnaby North-Seymour, the main site of Kinder Morgan's [Trans Mountain Pipeline], now owned by Liberal Terry Beech," Robinson said. in an e-mail exchange with Le Devoir . Robinson says he recently went door-to-door "and the results are very encouraging." He intends to decide by the end of December.

Robinson was an NDP MP in the House of Commons from 1979 to 2004. He was one of nine NDP members re-elected in the 1993 slaughter, after which the party lost its official party status. recognized in Parliament. In 1988, he made headlines - and his constituency office was vandalized - by admitting his homosexuality and becoming the first openly gay Canadian MP. Resolutely camped on the left, he maintained this art of placing himself at the heart of all the major debates of the day: HIV / AIDS, apartheid, medical aid in dying. He was the one who in 1994 put Sue Rodriguez in touch with a doctor whose identity was held secret and agreed to administer death to him.

Ms. Rodriguez had an incurable degenerative disease and went to the Supreme Court to seek medical assistance in dying. The judges had dismissed her (the decision has since been broken). In helping him, Svend Robinson was illegal.

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The Liberal government of Justin Trudeau became the owner this summer of the existing portion of Trans Mountain in hopes of facilitating the construction of its expansion. The current member for Burnaby North - Seymour, the Liberal Terry Beech, has always opposed this project despite the official position of his party. Mr. Beech won his seat in 2015 with 36.1% of the vote, against 29.6% for the NDP candidate, who came second in a hotly contested three-way fight.

 

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Ken Burch

If Svend does get nominated, d'ya think Maclean's will devote another entire issue to campaigning for his defeat?

BetterOnTheLeft

Emilie Taman, Lawyer and Community Activist, Previous candidate in Ottawa-Vanier, is going to run for the Nomination in Ottawa Centre 
http://emilietaman.ca/?fbclid=IwAR2DLLZ0OzY9Ids60E8gR0bzJ58tupG016cINUUt...
I believe there is another candidate running, Graciela Hernandez-Cruz, 
https://www.facebook.com/graciforottawacentre/ for Ottawa Centre as well

Unionist

BetterOnTheLeft wrote:

Looks like Svend Robinson is looking for a come back in Burnaby North-Seymour:
https://www.ledevoir.com/politique/canada/543275/svend-robinson-songe-a-... (funny I'm only seeing this on a MTL french newspaper)

This was reported a couple months ago: Burnaby's Svend Robinson 'seriously' considering return to federal politics

The NDP doesn't deserve Svend Robinson. 

WWWTT

I don’t see it that way brother Unionist. The return of Svend can shift The NDP back to where it belongs. Unless you’re hoping the NDP fails?

Unionist

WWWTT wrote:

I don’t see it that way brother Unionist. The return of Svend can shift The NDP back to where it belongs. Unless you’re hoping the NDP fails?

Please don't cross-examine me. Please don't attribute stupid opinions to me. Please don't be provocative. It doesn't work. Here's an example of what I mean:

<<So, if I'm understanding you correctly, WWWTT, you fully agree with the horrible way the NDP treated Svend Robinson over the years? You thought it was a really good idea to relegate him to the back benches just because he presented a constituent's petition calling for removal of references to God in constitution? You must have really cheered when he was fired from his Middle East affairs critic's role for being too supportive of Palestinian rights? I guess you've always just hoped that Svend Robinson fails, right?>>

See what I mean by "cross-examination"? It's unworthy of comrades. Don't do it again. You want my opinion on something? Ask me, "what's your opinion?" Do not say, "so this is your opinion, isn't it?"

Now back to the topic. 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. In other words: They don't deserve Svend Robinson. If he is indeed in a forgiving mood and willing to engage again, then all power and success to him!

WWWTT

Hi Unionist! I guess you don't know what this symbol means hey ? It's called a question mark. Maybe you prefer the Chinese version 吗。

The return of more socialists can shift the NDP back to their roots. As it stands now, things don't look too good for the NDP. And unless they make that shift  i don't care.

And ya, I get a sense that you wish the NDP to fail. If you don't like it that I'm expressing this, I'll just ignore you if you prefer?

Unionist

WWWTT wrote:

Hi Unionist! I guess you don't know what this symbol means hey ? It's called a question mark. Maybe you prefer the Chinese version 吗。

I guess you didn't notice that all my sample cross-examine questions ended with question marks also? That's the way the thing works, bud.

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The return of more socialists can shift the NDP back to their roots.

Interesting. So the NDP is what it is because the socialists left? Isn't it possible that the socialists left because the NDP turned into a neoliberal party, betraying workers every time it formed the government, breaking strikes, breaking promises, sucking up to power because it only trusted the bankers to re-elect it?

And isn't it possible that when progressive folks hold their nose and try to give the NDP another chance, the Beloved Leader's inner circle strikes their names off as candidates, throws them out of caucus, makes a mockery of democratic process at conventions and the constituency level? You have a cure for that? Be sure to leave your suggestion in the box provided just below this one.

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And ya, I get a sense that you wish the NDP to fail.

Your "sense" is flawed. I want the NDP to succeed in being elected and fulfilling its mandate. Where did you get that "sense" from? Or am I being rude in asking you for, like, evidence?

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If you don't like it that I'm expressing this, I'll just ignore you if you prefer?

No, I'd prefer that we engage in conversation. But if your engagement consists of telling me what I think, putting words in my mouth, sharing with me your "sense" of what I want... then expect a reply in kind.

 

WWWTT

LOL! Ok I guess I got you wrong Unionist. 

I personally like to see the NDP fail! But in a certain way. If the corporate ass kissers lose their Re election bids, this should provide the “cleansing” needed. 

If socialists like Svend at the same time step in to replace the right wing cancer plaguing the NDP, then socialism can actually realize somewhat of a tiny renaissance. 

Maybe you’re too much a pacifist like Michael Moriarty? I don’t know? Maybe you can explain this in a rant?

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..i lived in sevnd's riding for a number of years. he intervened for me in a dispute with canada post when i was a postie. he actually phoned the van post office, the shop floor, from ottawa and asked to speak to the gen supervisor with whom i was having the dispute. the supervisor refused to speak to him but it was so awesome of sevnd to do such a thing. the supervisor backed off. i also lived in east van when it was margaret mitchell's seat and later libby davies. also 2 awesome individuals. 

..after libya i refused to vote for libby. how could this happen that she votes for that. well that's how things seems to work in the party. not the other way around. where the party gets radicalized.

Unionist

epaulo13 wrote:

..after libya i refused to vote for libby. how could this happen that she votes for that. well that's how things seems to work in the party. not the other way around. where the party gets radicalized.

Libby was outed and bullied by Mulcair in 2010 after getting caught on video (accidentally) saying the occupation of Palestine had begun in 1948. Layton shamelessly apologized to the Israeli ambassador. Libby capitulated, in order to keep her position as co-deputy leader. I have never heard her say a courageous or principled or outspoken thing since then. Her vote on Libya was unsurprising. It's sad how that works. We need people of courage and determination. Svend never capitulated, at least not in my memory. Likewise with Bill Siksay.

 

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..yes i remember mulcair and layton doing exactly that.

BetterOnTheLeft

I'm seeing the first few candidates for Toronto-Danforth (anyone know if Cragi Scott is going to run for the nom?)

Min Sook Lee - Documentary filmmaker, Assistant Professor at OCAD University:
https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100012797359165 - made the announcement on Facebook, no date for the nomination meeting though

Ravi Joshi - Organizer, community Activitst with Make Poverty History, Social Planning Toronto, co-founder of TransformCarlaw. 
https://www.facebook.com/RaviForDanforth/

NDPP

My own personal memory of Svend Robinson was at a 1995 NDP leadership debate held in Victoria during the Gustafsen Lake crisis. The media was reporting an impending RCMP raid to 'clear out' the 'fanatics and terrorists' and I asked Robinson if he would advise Premier Harcourt and his AG Ujjal Dosanjh to hold back and prevent the bloodshed.

The answer was a very loud and aggressive 'NO!' followed by an effusive paean to the 'wonderful leadership of Mike Harcourt, and ministers like Ujjal Dosanjh' and smears and slurs of the Secwepemc sundancers.  I particularly remember his praise of the actions of the RCMP against 'the actions of these criminals'. It appears  my own experience was not an isolated phenomenon. The bitter truth about the NDP is that it truly is a No Difference Party, no friend to grassroots people and not to be trusted. 

NDP MP Svend Robinson - 'Human Rights Champion Rejects Gustafsen Inquiry Call

http://sisis.nativeweb.org/gustlake/oct1998.html

This Statement Was Presented on March 20, 2004 at an NDP/Svend Robinson Fundraiser

https://noii-van.resist.ca/indigenous-support/gustafsen/

"We are gathered here to remind everyone about the role of the NDP government in the largest paramilitary operation in Canada...We aim to expose the hypocrisy and double standards of 'progressive' politicians..."

Should Mr Robinson return to federal politics, he should be asked if he still refuses to support any inquiry into government and police actions at Gustafsen Lake and whether he continues to support the blatant extinguishment and termination agenda of BC's 'trick or treaty' process over the legitmate rights of Indigenous sovereignty such as expressed by the Wetsuweten and so massively supported by Canadians. Until this happens and support for Apartheid Israel ends as well, we cannot even begin to consider this a progressive party.

quizzical

Sven is making a news release on the heels of your posting ndpp.

NDPP

Can't wait to see it quizzical...

ctrl190

BetterOnTheLeft wrote:

I'm seeing the first few candidates for Toronto-Danforth (anyone know if Cragi Scott is going to run for the nom?)

Min Sook Lee - Documentary filmmaker, Assistant Professor at OCAD University:
https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100012797359165 - made the announcement on Facebook, no date for the nomination meeting though

Ravi Joshi - Organizer, community Activitst with Make Poverty History, Social Planning Toronto, co-founder of TransformCarlaw. 
https://www.facebook.com/RaviForDanforth/

 

I recall in a post-election interview in 2015 Craig Scott saying he was done with politics. I'm pretty confident Joshi has the nomination in the bag. 

WWWTT

I like Craig, but I never felt any strong passion for politics from him. Could be wrong?

WWWTT

Here’s someone I would like to see go for an NDP nomination. 

Fred Hahn!

I love Fred. He is a good honest man with a heart bigger than Justin Trudeau’s ego. He can easily win any riding association he chose  The NDP would only be so lucky to have one of its best members to represent them!  But I’m afraid that Fred is way to good of a person to ever be a politician.

Cmon Fred, please consider brother!

https://cupe.on.ca/about-us/officers/

 

 

BetterOnTheLeft

WWWTT wrote:

Here’s someone I would like to see go for an NDP nomination. 

Fred Hahn!

I love Fred. He is a good honest man with a heart bigger than Justin Trudeau’s ego. He can easily win any riding association he chose  The NDP would only be so lucky to have one of its best members to represent them!  But I’m afraid that Fred is way to good of a person to ever be a politician.

Cmon Fred, please consider brother!

https://cupe.on.ca/about-us/officers/

 

 

Has anyone, any riding approached him? Anyone know where he lives? Now would be the time for those who are strongly principaled to try and win nominations (I agree with everything you say, I follow him on social media and he's a great voice) ally of Ashton to boot, even more left-wing pressure on the party to run a real left campaign. 

WWWTT

When I was on FB we were friends. In fact he was my first friend on FB! He knows me by my name and face, not as WWWTT. If I could reach out to him, perhaps I can convince him? If you can contact him please ask him!

Another friend of mine I haven’t seen since the Toronto labour day parade over 3 years ago is Tania Liu. 

I love Tania to! She’s a real good woman. My wife and I always liked talkin with her and she would also make a fantastic candidate!

Since my kids were born, we haven’t had the time to participate so we kind of lost touch. 

If anyone here knows Tania Liu, please contact her to consider a nomination 

http://www.ufcw1006a.ca/index.php/about-us/who-s-working-for-you/1466-tania-liu

WWWTT

Another person I’d like to see come back is the youngest woman ever elected to parliament, Laurin Liu! I’m sure she can easily win the nomination for Rivière des Mille Iles 

Aristotleded24

Not happy to read this:

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Andrew Swan, who has been sitting on the opposition benches since the Manitoba New Democrats lost the last election, is seeking the federal NDP nomination in Winnipeg-Centre, a riding currently held by Liberal Robert-Falcon Ouellette.

"Successive Conservative and Liberal governments have really turned their back on the heart of Winnipeg," Swan told The Canadian Press on Sunday.

Swan cited issues such as poverty and the rising use of methamphetamines as issues that need to be addressed. The time is also right, personally, for him to be able to make the jump to Ottawa.

"My girls are 20 and 18, they're both at university, so they don't need me around quite as much as they would have four years ago."

Winnipeg Centre has a long history of voting NDP. But former New Democrat MP Pat Martin was voted out in 2015 in favour of Ouellette.

I first got to know Swan when he ran for the NDP leadership in 2009. He blew up his campaign by agreeing with the Conservatives regarding running a hydroelectric line down the east side of Lake Winnipeg and then trying to walk it back. Since then, on so many other issues, he rolled over on any issue the PC opposition raised. It's also rich for him to complain about federal Liberal and Conservatives turning their backs on the poverty in the riding, as Doer's government did the exact same thing. That is one of the things contributing to the current meth crisis that is gripping our province. Also, as Justice Minister, he was all to happy to adopt Harper's tough-on-crime approach. How well do you think this is going to go over with First Nations voters in the riding, especially when one of their own is the incumbent MP? What message does a white guy running to defeat an incumbent First Nations MP send about his support for First Nations issues? Finally, his conduct as one of the members of the Gang of 5 who publicly mutinied against Greg Selinger are reprehensible, and he has not acknowledged that. I suspect that being an incumbent MLA and former Cabinet minister gives him an edge organizationally, but please, just go away already! First I had to put up with Pat Martin, then Falcon-Ouelette, and now this guy?

Debater

Aristotleded24 wrote:

First I had to put up with Pat Martin, then Falcon-Ouelette, and now this guy?

So what is Falcon-Ouellette like as an MP?

And is Pat Martin done with politics, or is he going to try a comeback?

Aristotleded24

Debater wrote:
So what is Falcon-Ouellette like as an MP?

As an MP, he is seen to be doing the right things. He has a very personable approach. The first big issue I had with him was deciding to take on a sitting NDP MP at a time when progressives were concerned about defeating Harper. He can run where he wants, but if defeating Harper is urgent, then why run in a riding where winning won't affect the Conservative seat count? Then he sent out a publication during the campaign claiming to ride a middle ground on the C-51 issue, even though several First Nations leaders have said that that law made criminals out of them. He also attacked the federal $15/hour wage proposal, which while it didn't directly help minimum wage earners, would have put pressure on provincial governments to follow suit. My big issue is that I consider him to be a motivational speaker. By that I mean that sure, he tells an inspiring story, but what is he actually doing?

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And is Pat Martin done with politics, or is he going to try a comeback?[/quote]

Let's hope he's done with politics.

BetterOnTheLeft

It will be a contested Nomination in Winnipeg Centre it looks like:
https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/manitoba/andrew-swan-leah-gazan-winnipeg-...

Via Facebook:
Leah Gazan Seeking NDP Nomination in Winnipeg Centre
"

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE — WINNIPEG, JANUARY 19, 2019. Leah Gazan is seeking the NDP nomination to run in Winnipeg Centre in this fall’s federal election. As an an educator, advisor, and media contributor, Gazan has been deeply engaged with issues and organizing in Winnipeg’s core for nearly three decades. In a riding bounded by the Assiniboine and Red rivers, and encompassing downtown to King Edward, Gazan’s breadth of knowledge and experience throughout Winnipeg Centre riding makes her a candidate residents can trust.

“Recently in the news I have heard about growing crime rates, a meth crisis, housing issues, and increasing poverty impacting the peoples of Winnipeg Centre. This is what happens when you neglect the basic human rights of peoples for far too long. It is time that Winnipeg Centre has a leader that will listen to the community with all its knowledge and wisdom, stop stalling and act immediately to ensure all residents can realize their rights to joy. I wish to be that leader.”

Leah Gazan has spent her life working for human rights on the local, national, and international stage. Her recent success includes organizing and traveling across the country to push Bill C-262, the Indigenous Human Rights Act. Passed by the House of Commons in 2018, the act is to ensure that the laws of Canada are consistent with the United Nations Declaration on Indigenous Peoples.

Her contributions in Winnipeg have both shaped our understanding of our collective struggles and strengths, and helped move us towards justice. As president of the Social Planning Council between 2011- 2015, Gazan organized and pushed policy in support of and end to poverty, addressing violence against women and girls, finding solutions for housing insecurity and homelessness, ensuring fair wages, community based actions addressing addictions, and proper supports for mental health. In this role and others, Gazan has worked across communities, in solidarity with labour, communities of colour, disability rights advocates, Indigenous communities, youth and 2SLGBTQ organizers. Serving on the Board of Governors of Red River College, Gazan focused her attention on prioritizing access to education and ensuring students had the proper supports they required to achieve success.

Gazan was a prominent Winnipeg lead during Idle No More, articulating the movement to the Winnipeg public. Her educational work has made special impact in the Winnipeg Mennonite community where she has worked to support dialogue emphasizing education, responsibility, and action towards reconciliation. Gazan also co-founded the #WeCare campaign aimed at building public will to end violence against Indigenous women and girls.

Gazan is a member of Wood Mountain Lakota Nation, located in Saskatchewan, Treaty 4 territory."

BetterOnTheLeft

Dennis Van Meer, vice-president of United Steel Workers Local 1005 will be the candidate in St. Catharines

https://www.niagarafallsreview.ca/news-story/9134583-van-meer-candidate-...

Debater

Aristotleded24 wrote:

Debater wrote:
So what is Falcon-Ouellette like as an MP?

As an MP, he is seen to be doing the right things. He has a very personable approach. The first big issue I had with him was deciding to take on a sitting NDP MP at a time when progressives were concerned about defeating Harper. He can run where he wants, but if defeating Harper is urgent, then why run in a riding where winning won't affect the Conservative seat count? Then he sent out a publication during the campaign claiming to ride a middle ground on the C-51 issue, even though several First Nations leaders have said that that law made criminals out of them. He also attacked the federal $15/hour wage proposal, which while it didn't directly help minimum wage earners, would have put pressure on provincial governments to follow suit. My big issue is that I consider him to be a motivational speaker. By that I mean that sure, he tells an inspiring story, but what is he actually doing?

Debater wrote:

And is Pat Martin done with politics, or is he going to try a comeback?

Let's hope he's done with politics.

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I thought Pat Martin was refreshingly outspoken when he first came to Parliament.  He was very frank and told it like it was.  It made a change from the way most politicians speak.

However, over time Martin became too foul-mouthed and bad-tempered, and had trouble controlling himself.  It's one of the things that may have hurt him in the 2015 Election.

As for this year, since Falcon-Ouellette won the riding by a 2-1 margin over Martin in 2015, I think he is the favourite for now.  But the NDP has a shot based on previous history.

R.E.Wood

Cullen and Mulciar are feeding stories that he may not run again... I suspect he isn't going to. Otherwise, why make a comment about waiting until Singh's by-election is over because Cullen doesn't want to "distract" from it?

MP Cullen undecided about running again

The MP says he’s also holding off on announcing any decision until the Burnaby South by-election of Feb. 25 is over.

“I don’t want what I decide to be a distraction,” says Cullen of the by-election in which federal NDP leader Jagmeet Singh is running.

Singh’s candidacy comes amid speculation that the federal party is on the decline and that should Singh lose, he’ll resign, opening the door to a leadership race.

And that’s brought on further speculation that Cullen, now one of the senior members of the NDP caucus in Ottawa, will be a leadership candidate.

“Nope. I’ve been pretty clear,” says Cullen about any leadership thoughts. “That’s not where my head’s at.”

https://www.terracestandard.com/local-news/mp-cullen-undecided-about-run...

Mulcair says 'several' NDP MPs have told him they're not running in 2019

"I know that a lot of my Quebec colleagues have already announced that they're not running and several others have confided in me that they're not going to run," Mulcair said on CTV's Power Play.

... Mulcair made this comment responding to a question about the potential that another longtime NDP, MP Nathan Cullen, may not be running again. First reported in the Terrace Standard, a local publication in Cullen's riding, he has yet to make up his mind about running in 2019. He wouldn't say either way when asked by CTV News.

Mulcair said if Cullen elects not to run again it would be "an incredible loss for the team."

https://www.ctvnews.ca/politics/mulcair-says-several-ndp-mps-have-told-h...

BetterOnTheLeft

Christine Saulnier, The director of the Nova Scotia chapter of the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives is running for the Halifax nomination:

https://nsadvocate.org/2019/02/03/news-brief-christine-saulnier-wants-to...

R.E.Wood

NDP facing an election without a quarter of its caucus as Rankin ponders retirement

New Democrat MP Murray Rankin said today he's still thinking about whether to run for his party in this year's federal election — despite having said he intended to make a decision about his future by early January.

"I'm one of those people in the yet-to-be-nominated, yet-to-confirm category," Rankin told CBC News.

"I'm thinking about it. It's four more years. I'm not a spring chicken anymore. I've got to figure out with my family whether … taking me into 2023 of my life is something I want. All those things have to be sorted out. I am definitely thinking about it right now."

Rankin said that he will make a decision within the next month, despite having told the Canadian Press last year that he would make the decision by early last month.

If he decides to join other NDP MPs and leave federal politics before the fall campaign, he'll leave behind a party facing down an election cycle without a quarter of its current caucus.

https://www.cbc.ca/news/politics/rankin-considering-whether-to-run-1.501...

Sean in Ottawa

I will just put this out there -- maybe some renewal is not a bad thing. Yes, some of the losses of people will be great, yes the party may win a fewer seats, but new candidates will be found and some will win. It will be a difficult election for incumbants anyway.

I say this due to the serious issues facing the NDP in the last couple leadership races. In 1993 the NDP not only lost party status it began to lose a generation. The terrible drought for the NDP went from 1993 to 2007 with few new MPs coming in to be leadership candidates 10-15 years later. It is the new people who did not come into the party who were not there to replace Layton and Mulcair. What was left of the NDP was mostly people who retired after a couple elections. By 2011, the party did really, really well but it stumbled and in part failed becuase while it had new bright lights it could not keep them without mentors and leadership. It might be a tremendous gift to the NDP if it got say 12 new faces instead of keeping say 20 incumbants. Those new faces will be needed if/when the party grows in the next generation and loos for leadership.

A blip for the NDP almost saved it. In 1997 the party won seats in Atlantic Canada. While it was mostly incumbants elsewhere there were some new faces. Unfortunatley a number lost in the next election and the rest were gone by 2015. It is no accident that many considered that the best hope for the NDP in caucus in 2011-2015 was a Halifax MP.

We can hope for three things this year for the NDP:

1) leadership that becomes competent, inspired and principled (before or after the election- but at least by end of year)

2) That there be several new people elected as a new core group to lead the party in 10-15 years

3) That the party does not lose as many seats as currently feared due to a good platform and campaign - at least holds party status and perhaps does better due to scandals in the Liberal party and weakness in the Conservatives

Even if the last hope is dashed, the first two are essential. To that end some of the people who would retire in the next 15 years could give way - in winnable ridings - to people who will still be here then.

Given that people are working longer and living longer those new people might not need to be all very young either. But a new generation with new people is needed.

 

BetterOnTheLeft

The NDP had two high profile male MPs announce they would not run again in BC, we now have two high profile municipal female candidates running for the nominations:

In Port Moody-Coquitlam (Fin Donnelly's seat), two term Coquitlam Councillor Bonita Zarrillo is running for the nomination.
https://www.tricitynews.com/news/zarrillo-to-seek-mp-donnelly-s-seat-1.2...

In Victoria (Murray Rankin's seat), first term Victoria Councillor Laurel Collins 
https://www.timescolonist.com/news/local/rookie-victoria-councillor-laur...

ALSO:

Laurier--Sainte-Marie -> Nima Machouf; Epidemiologist, former Project Montreal municipal candidate in 2009 and wife of former Quebec Solidare MNA/co-Leader Amir Khadir will be running for the nomination
https://www.ledevoir.com/politique/canada/549621/jagmeet-singh-nomme-ale...

Kingston and the Islands -> Barrington Walker, Queen's University Professor is running for the nomination
https://www.reddit.com/r/KingstonOntario/comments/av2cne/barrington_walk...
 

robbie_dee

Lia Levesque, “NDP welcomes new candidate in Quebec who is ‘not that much’ of a sovereigntist,” Toronto Star, March 13, 2019.

i don’t have much time for The Star’s gotcha game of trying to out ‘sovereigntists’ in the NDP, but I thought this quote was interesting:

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In Ottawa, NDP leader Jagmeet Singh said he is very happy to have recruited a candidate of the calibre of Machouf, an epidemiologist who works in the field of public health.

He said her continued membership in Quebec solidaire proves his party is open to people like her who have nationalist beliefs.

i thought the whole kerfuffle about restarting the provincial NDP in Quebec was that it rendered it impossible to remain a member of QS while joining the federal NDP because it was constitutionally required for members to belong to both the federal and provincial parties in any province that had both. Has this changed or is the Party under Jagmeet no longer enforcing this?

Sean in Ottawa

robbie_dee wrote:

Lia Levesque, “NDP welcomes new candidate in Quebec who is ‘not that much’ of a sovereigntist,” Toronto Star, March 13, 2019.

i don’t have much time for The Star’s gotcha game of trying to out ‘sovereigntists’ in the NDP, but I thought this quote was interesting:

Quote:

In Ottawa, NDP leader Jagmeet Singh said he is very happy to have recruited a candidate of the calibre of Machouf, an epidemiologist who works in the field of public health.

He said her continued membership in Quebec solidaire proves his party is open to people like her who have nationalist beliefs.

i thought the whole kerfuffle about restarting the provincial NDP in Quebec was that it rendered it impossible to remain a member of QS while joining the federal NDP because it was constitutionally required for members to belong to both the federal and provincial parties in any province that had both. Has this changed or is the Party under Jagmeet no longer enforcing this?

This issue is so important that it has becomes on-topic and relavent in more than one thread and is being discussed in more than one. As has been mentioned in that other thread the provincial and federal party in Quebec are not related so in fact you can.

Unionist mentioned that he did not know this. I did not know it either and I suspect many others also did not know it.

robbie_dee

I raised the issue in both threads but it was inadvertent- I simply hadn't seen the second, broader thread about the NDP's "Quebec strategy" before I posted in this thread. Frankly though it probably deserves its own thread and I would nominate this old one "Separating the federal and provincial NDPs" for such purpose.

Sean in Ottawa

robbie_dee wrote:

I raised the issue in both threads but it was inadvertent- I simply hadn't seen the second, broader thread about the NDP's "Quebec strategy" before I posted in this thread. Frankly though it probably deserves its own thread and I would nominate this old one "Separating the federal and provincial NDPs" for such purpose.

I believe you were on-topic in both threads and what you said was relevant to both conversations. I do not think we can always avoid this kind of repetition becuase we cannot organize conversations to only have a single consideration. I would not worry about this.

BetterOnTheLeft

They have called they By-election for Nanaimo-Ladysmith, the party will have a contested nomination, not sure when.  Two high profile candidates are running:
* Lauren Semple, the event director for the last three Nanaimo Pride festivals, a former Nanaimo Pride president, and former riding assistant to Malcolmson; 
* Bob Chamberlin, vice president of the Union of B.C. Indian Chiefs and elected chief of the Kwikwasut'inuxw Haswa'mis First Nation. 

The Green candidate is filmmaker and formerly rejected NDP candidate Paul Manly. We basically have a NDP vs Green-ish-NDPer. Now this is not the 2015 NDP so I don't think the criticisms here will stick to the party led by Jagmeet then say if Mulcair was still leader.  

https://www.straight.com/news/1218361/prime-minister-justin-trudeau-calls-election-nanaimo-ladysmith-midst-ndp-nomination

lagatta4

The "game" of proving NDPers are covert sovereigntists and Solidaires are covert federalists is getting very stale. The Bloc, the PQ and rightwing sovereignist organs such as the deplorable Vigile.net are playing it as much as gotcha columnists and journalists in the anglo media. And of course Valérie Plante favours globalism and assimilation. And dares to call out a councilwoman from Anjou who insults a hijab-wearing ophtamologist and talks about Islamisation and population replacement... Not very bright - quite a few Arabs and/or Muslims in Anjou... there is an Adonis supermarket and a mosque, and a much larger mosque a couple of blocks away in St-Léonard...

Aristotleded24

Support Kyle Mason for NDP MP in Winnipeg North

He's known for, among other things, helping to start the (now defunct) North End Family Centre, which strove to meet the needs of Winnipeg residents in the North End.

BetterOnTheLeft

Two High profile Indigenous candidates have won their nominations:

Bob Chamberlin defeated three others for the nomination and will be out and running for the NDP in the By-election in Nanaimo-Ladysmith
https://globalnews.ca/news/5114178/ndp-candidate-nanaimo-ladysmith-byelection/

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

Also two more nominations in London:
London West - Shawna Lewkowitz, who founded the advocacy group Women and Politics

London North Centre - Dirka Prout, longtime NDP party member who led the riding association in London West during the last federal election. She’s been president of the London chapter of the Spelling Bee of Canada for the last 14 years.

https://lfpress.com/news/local-news/ndp-pick-two-more-local-candidates

swallow swallow's picture

Leah Gazan will be an absolutely superb MP. 

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