To start the discussion, I am posting this statement made last week. Since then there have been a few developments, including a venue at a hotel in DT Toronto, etc...all worthy of other threads in themselves. But for now, the thread is about the reality that a new party is being founded and what this should or should not look like.
While the usual suspects of the NDP apologists are obviously welcome to respond, and I hope you do, please note that accusing us all of being Liberal agents is pro-forma stupid and comes right out of the neo-Stalinist playbook. I am sure you will do it anyway!
But for those who wish a more serious discourse, here is our statement...
Dear Sisters and Brothers,
A little over two years ago, a group of activists formed the Ginger Group. Comprised of both NDP and non-NDP members, the group sought to find new ways to influence the political discourse within Ontario and to reintroduce left-wing and Socialist ideals to counter the neo-liberal economic philosophy that has attacked the welfare state and public services, grossly exacerbated the distribution of wealth between the rich and poor and, finally, nearly destroyed the financial system it was meant to enrich in 2008.
Since its initial founding, Ginger Group members have engaged individual party members on ideas, both on political and economic policy itself, as well as how such policies could best be put into effect within the Ontario context. While those in the Ginger Group still believe that left-wing movements need representation within the parliamentary process, we no longer believe that the New Democratic Party is a suitable institution to fulfill this role.
To that end, the Ginger Group's Steering Committee is formally announcing a convention to establish a Socialist Party of Ontario, to be held on the weekend of May 27-29th in Toronto.* The objective of the convention will be to establish the constitution and policies that will form the basis of the party. 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.
Full convention details will be released in the next few days, but rest assured, as is our intent, all leftists are welcome and anyone can present a motion. 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.
If you wish to become a member, wish to attend the convention or for further information please email us at [email protected] or contact us on Facebook.
It's never too late to write the future.
Socialist Party of Ontario Steering Committee
We will post all convention information in the very near future, but you can still join or get more information before then by emailing [email protected]