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