Where’s NDP’s slate?


Can you hear the gnash­ing of teeth as vot­ing at the ad­vance polls for the Toronto mu­nic­i­pal elec­tion is now un­der­way?

I shed no tears for the un­of­fi­cial Lib­eral and Con­ser­va­tive in­cum­bents duk­ing it out against one another in many of the 25 wards. But work­ing­class and pro­gres­sive vot­ers are right­fully dis­mayed at the pitched bat­tles be­tween erst­while New Democrats.

Equally dis­turb­ing is the fail­ure of Toronto and York Re­gion Labour Coun­cil to back any­one in sev­eral wards, in­clud­ing Eto­bi­coke North, where ten­ants or­ga­nizer Peter D’Gama is run­ning. As a re­sult, so­lu­tions to the cur­rent hous­ing, tran­sit and fes­ter­ing in­equal­ity cri­sis seem even more dis­tant.

Why does the labour-based New Demo­cratic Party not hold a mu­nic­i­pal con­ven­tion to adopt a plat­form and se­lect a team of can­di­dates for coun­cil, school board and mayor (as it did quite suc­cess­fully in the 1960s and 70s)? Barry Weisleder


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