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Dewar on winning


 

Paul Dewar sketches his plan for building the NDP.

Set up a commission to organize around ‘Ideas for Progress’ so that we can build upon Jack Layton’s final letter to Canadians and create what Stephen Lewis described as the “manifesto for social democracy”. This commission would include Canadians from different walks of life, including the arts, labour, academia, business, agriculture, environmental organizations, poverty groups, women’s rights organizations and others. It would allow greater access and involvement for Canadians in the development of our policies and planning.

Develop regional outreach plans, including a Western Strategy to reach out to new voters in Western Canada. Create Civil Society Outreach teams, led by MPs, to listen and share views, and coordinate with allies to advance progressive policies and build electoral support for winning the next election. Hire a youth organizer to work with campus clubs, youth groups and civil society organizations to organize young Canadians on college and university campuses, at high schools, workplaces and communities across the country. Implement an outreach strategy to New Canadian communities to increase diversity in our party membership and organization.

See previously: Topp on winning


 

Dewar on winning

  1. Orwell ~ Road To Wigan Pier:

    ‘I don’t object to Socialism, but I do object to Socialists.’ Logically it is a poor argument, but it carries weight with many people. As with the Christian religion, the worst advertisement for Socialism is its adherents. 

    The first thing that must strike any outside observer is that Socialism, in its developed form is a theory confined entirely to the middle classes. The typical Socialist is not, as tremulous old ladies imagine, a ferocious-looking working man with greasy overalls and a raucous voice. 

    He is either a youthful snob-Bolshevik who in five years’ time will quite probably have made a wealthy marriage and been converted to Roman Catholicism; or, still more typically, a prim little man with a white- collar job, usually a secret teetotaller and often with vegetarian leanings, with a history of Nonconformity behind him, and, above all, with a social position which he has no intention of forfeiting.

    In addition to this there is the horrible–the really disquieting–prevalence of cranks wherever Socialists are gathered together. One sometimes gets the impression that the mere words ‘Socialism’ and ‘Communism’ draw towards them with magnetic force every fruit-juice drinker, nudist, sandal-wearer, sex-maniac, Quaker, ‘Nature Cure’ quack, pacifist, and feminist in England.

    • Do you have a point, or are you just incapable of thinking your own thoughts but still think you should post?

      • O’Rourke ~ Always White and Angry:
        “No on the first. Yes on the second.”

  2. This looks like an excellent plan for the NDP to (maybe) defeat the Liberals in 2015 so they can stay on as official opposition.

    What’s becoming clear is that the only candidate who has a plan to actually try to defeat Harper in the next election is Nathan Cullen.

  3. Mr. Dewar might be advised to avoid using anything that includes the term “Manifesto” if he wants to win.

    Just sayin’

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