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Who wants to abolish billionaires? A look at the federal NDP's convention resolutions

With an election looming, grassroots New Democrats propose over 500 policy resolutions

Posted: April 04, 2021
Last Updated: April 04, 2021

NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh speaks during the federal NDP Convention in Ottawa on Sat. Feb. 17, 2018. (Justin Tang/The Canadian Press)

Federal NDP convention delegates are sifting through more than 500 resolutions over the long weekend to decide how to chart the party's path forward.

Delegates will have 24 hours to prioritize the resolutions on April 6 — just three days before the virtual convention kicks off.

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With talk of an early federal election running hot, party insiders say this convention offers the party an early opportunity to get campaign-ready. CBC News combed through the resolutions and lays out some of the highlights below. 

Taxing the rich

The resolutions being considered for debate at the convention include proposals to:

Health

The party could end up debating several resolutions that would call for changes to the way health services are funded and delivered. Among other things, they call on the federal government to:

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Several resolutions call for changes in response to the COVID-19 outbreak. (Nathan Denette/The Canadian Press)

Labour and workers

New Democrats may agree to call on the federal government to:

Environment and transit

New Democrats could debate resolutions calling on Ottawa to:

Another resolution calls for Indigenous lands to be returned to Indigenous communities. (CBC)

Indigenous policy

Palestinian rights and foreign relations

Social issues

Other resolutions call for the complete or partial defunding of police forces in Canada — a key demand made during Black Lives Matter demonstrations. (Cole Burston/Getty Images)

Internet and affordability

Resolutions being considered for the convention include calls for Canada to:

Housing

Housing resolutions include demands for:

Students

New Democrats may debate calling on the federal government to:

These are just some of the highlights. You can read all of the policies here:

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

David Thurton

David Thurton is a national reporter in CBC's Parliamentary Bureau. He's worked for CBC in Fort McMurray, the Maritimes and in Canada's Arctic.