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NDP Convention 2013: New Democrats’ constitution gets a new preamble

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By: Obert Madondo | The Canadian Progressive: Perhaps the biggest take-home thing from the New Democrats’ biennial policy convention in Montreal was the adoption of a new preamble to the party’s constitution. With a vote of 960 to 188, delegates approved the preamble, described by leader Thomas Mulcair, as “the way to connect and reach out beyond our traditional base.” Also,… Read More

Conservative MP Rob Anders: Thomas Mulcair Hastened Jack Layton’s Death

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Conservative MP Rob Anders is “a politician who isn’t afraid to speak his mind”. Supposedly. He once called South African anti-apartheid icon, Nelson Mandela, a “terrorist“.  But this time, the Calgary West MP went too far. During an interview with iPolitics’ Laura Stone, Anders suggested that NDP Leader, Thomas Mulcair, helped push Jack Layton into an early grave. This is… Read More

Jack Layton, Canadian Newsmaker of the Year

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By: Obert Madondo | The Canadian Progressive: It is a fitting tribute to a fine Canadian and global citizen. Editors and news directors participating a Canadian Press annual survey of newsrooms across the country nailed it when they named the man newsmaker of 2011. In 2011, no other Canadian dominated the news headlines like the late NDP leader, Jack Layton.… Read More

Olivia Chow Should Follow Her Own Political Path

 The buzz: Jack Layton‘s widow, Olivia Chow, will likely run for the leadership of the Federal NDP.  Bad political decision if the MP for Trinity-Spadina, Toronto, does. The world over, political widows often capitalize on the legacies of departed spouses to build or boost their own careers. That’s not Chow’s path. Chow is closer than… Read More

Jack Layton: A Funeral Befitting A Great Canadian And Global Citizen

By: Obert Madondo | The Canadian Progressive: It’s one of those solemn Canadian moments: A casket draped in the flag of Canada. A body lying in state on Parliament Hill. Canadian flag on the Peace Tower and public buildings across the country flying half-mast. Canadians, in their thousands, setting aside their petty political differences to unite in paying their last respects to the departed.… Read More