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About that socialism…

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I somehow missed this during yesterday’s news conference.

For example, Mulcair said he backs the idea to update the language of the party constitution remove the phrase “democratic socialism” from the preamble, an effort that caused some division at the policy convention in Vancouver last year.

“We must refresh our way of speaking, modernize our approach and use a language that speaks not only to the initiated and the people who already agree with us, but that can please and attract (other) people who share our vision,” Mulcair said.

The “socialism” clause was a point of debate when New Democrats held a convention last July. A senior party official defended the change at the time, but amid disagreement the proposal was deferred—at the suggestion of Brian Topp, who had been elected president at the same convention—for further study.