Friday, June 17, 2011 | Categories: Episodes
Part Two of The Current
NDP Future - Panel
When the New Democrats gather at their national convention in Vancouver this weekend, they gather as a changed party. They've tripled their numbers in parliament. They're the party of choice in Quebec. The NDP is the Official opposition.
But for all the changes, some of this weekend's debate will likely sound familiar. Voices within the party complain about a shift from principles to pragmatism. Some believe Jack Layton is copying Tony Blair by repositioning the party closer to the political centre.
Gary Doer waded into the debate when the party last gathered in 2009. We aired a clip of the former Manitoba premier speaking to an NDP convention.
The issue is sure to come up again this weekend. One proposal would remove the word "socialist" from the party's constitution. That's a change that is not going to be welcomed by Barry Weisleder. He's the chair of the NDP's Socialist Caucus. He was in our Toronto studio.
And in Vancouver, we were joined by Brian Topp. He is a senior strategist with the NDP and a former campaign director.