Monday, August 17, 2009

Next Convention: Drop the “Democratic” from NDP

After a contentious debate in the federal New Democratic Party over if it should drop the “New” from its 48 year old name, the party refused to allow a vote over the issue. What a party decides to call itself - even if it happens to be the 2nd oldest party in the House of Commons - is not normally a matter of concern to most people, but it does speak to the NDP’s interesting conception of both “new” and “democratic”.

Next convention, it should allow a vote on the issue, but perhaps on dropping the word “democratic”.

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