There has been a great deal of discussion since the last federal election about what steps the New Democratic Party can take to avoid becoming irrelevant. In an attempt to ensure their place in the process, the Dalhousie and Saint Mary's University Nova Scotia NDP Youth Wing clubs recently voted in favour of changing their names. The groups are now known as the New Party Youth Movement (NPYM). The motion for this change contained the phrase "Whereas the NDP has lost its connection with many in the broader left." It was passed unanimously.
Afterwards, the clubs were flooded by questions from both the local media and the senior party. The former was quick to conclude that this was yet another blow to the faltering NDP. The latter suddenly scrambled to invite student representatives to speak on panels about the future of the party.
One of the first things the two groups did under their new name? They spoke out in support of Howard Epstein, a beleaguered NDP provincial MLA, whose stance against prayer in the legislature was largely unsupported by other members of the caucus. The clubs are also contacting party youth across Canada. It seems that it isn't only some Nova Scotians who are frustrated and alienated by internal politics.
Since the story broke, two more NPYM groups have come to be: one in Port Hawksbury Nova Scotia, another made up of lesbian, gay and bisexual youth province-wide. Even Toronto-Centre Rosedale has passed a motion in support of this New Party Youth Movement.
At this point, the movement consists of four clubs. However, it might not be for long. The NDP youth wing's annual convention starts April 27. There, delegates will vote on whether they will ask this summer's provincial convention to present a resolution for a name change. If passed by the provincial body, the Nova Scotia New Democratic Party Youth Wing could become the New Party Youth Movement.
Thank you for reading this story…
More people are reading rabble.ca than ever and unlike many news organizations, we have never put up a paywall – at rabble we’ve always believed in making our reporting and analysis free to all, while striving to make it sustainable as well. Media isn’t free to produce. rabble’s total budget is likely less than what big corporate media spend on photocopying (we kid you not!) and we do not have any major foundation, sponsor or angel investor. Our main supporters are people and organizations -- like you. This is why we need your help. You are what keep us sustainable.
rabble.ca has staked its existence on you. We live or die on community support -- your support! We get hundreds of thousands of visitors and we believe in them. We believe in you. We believe people will put in what they can for the greater good. We call that sustainable.
So what is the easy answer for us? Depend on a community of visitors who care passionately about media that amplifies the voices of people struggling for change and justice. It really is that simple. When the people who visit rabble care enough to contribute a bit then it works for everyone.
And so we’re asking you if you could make a donation, right now, to help us carry forward on our mission. Make a donation today.