The NDP Could Nominate Canada’s AOC In Parkdale-High Park. Image from SaronForMayor.com
A looming conflict on Canada’s left wing- between the old guard who wishes to hug the centre and the younger, more radical edge enamoured with the populist left politics of Jeremy Corbyn, Bernie Sanders, and Alexandra Ocasio-Cortez- will play itself out in a nomination meeting in downtown Toronto this weekend.
The stakes are far higher than just who will carry the NDP banner into October’s federal election. After years of being quieted by heavy-handed central executives and old-guard union bosses, the outsiders might finally have found a way in.
The riding has a well-earned reputation as a political battleground. Impeccable activist credentials and a personal army of hardcore volunteers are a must to get elected. In a country where it’s hard to remember your MP or city councillor’s name, PHP pols Gerard Kennedy, Cheri DiNovo, Peggy Nash and Gord Perks all enjoy their respective cults of personality. Local wars between Liberals and NDPers are the stuff of legend, such as the storied rivalry between Kennedy and Nash.
It is this kind of political crucible that can forge a young, fearless left-wing leader, and despite leaning right myself I say, “About time.”
A resurgent left is good for democracy, and good for the country. Conservatives need to be challenged in a meaningful and substantive way if they are to stay fresh and sharp. Look at Doug Ford’s government, barely a year old and staggering from self-inflicted wounds. But they have no real reason to step up their game unless the NDP gets their act together. MORE