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Political representatives have given us an ambitious agenda for the next 15 years, but it's up to us all to respond.
The reason why a candidate like Angus is so interesting is because the new conventional wisdom is that there is no conventional wisdom anymore. A self-described socialist almost won the nomination for president of the United States, and probably would have won if the party he ran under did not work tirelessly against him. So the prospect of a true left-leaning politician inspiring voters from various sub-political persuasions no longer seems so far fetched.
While, to the energy world, "100% Clean and Renewable Wind, Water, and Sunlight (WWS) All-Sector Energy Roadmaps for 139 Countries of the World" is simply a thought experiment; it also serves as the Leap Manifesto's energy plan.
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Canada's future must include pipelines, said the Alberta premier.
Despite my frustration around the outcome of our recent NDP convention, I'm prepared to take Avi Lewis at face value when he says that he didn't expect his Leap Manifesto to be so explosive. And I'd like to try explaining the reaction from many Alberta New Democrats so that Mr. Lewis has a better sense of the road ahead.
"You need to think a little bit, periodically. It would be helpful."
New Democrats are still wondering what exactly happened.
Everyone's getting in on the action.
Public split with Alberta NDP.
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The manifesto would mean no new pipelines.
The Manifesto consists of a list of "15 Demands" that range from the somewhat reasonable; to the ridiculous; to the sublime. It would take numerous blog posts to address them individually. Happily, I have been writing blogs for a while and the Manifesto addresses a number of topics I have previously covered.
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Alberta New Democrats ripped into the leader for not speaking up for pipelines and for feeding ammunition to their critics.
This weekend, the NDP is meeting in Edmonton to decide their direction moving forward. Eugene Levy once complained about filming a season of SCTV in Edmonton because "It's Edmonton." While I'm sure it's a great city, this is a party who is dreading at the Big E. The election of the past year saw an early lead blown, notable key members of the party lose their seats in the House of Commons, and a third place finish for Tom Mulcair's rookie federal election run. As the NDP head to the Gateway to the North, it's time to begin paving the highway towards the future.
"We've got to stop fooling ourselves in Canada."
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Several policy issues will be up for debate at the convention.
The document is a "jobs plan," says one of its key drivers.
Nearly two dozen NDP riding associations are urging the party to embrace the manifesto's plan.
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Leap Day activities are being held in parts of Canada Monday.
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At the time of its release, NDP Leader Tom Mulcair did not endorse it.
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One could be forgiven for thinking climate change would be at the centre of the election. A decade of gutted environmental laws, unfettered fossil fuel expansion, missed carbon pollution reduction targets and a failure to capture the tangible benefits of shifting to cleaner energy production and use has not only lowered our collective expectations, but put us at the back of the pack globally.
It would appear that Naomi Klein and her co-authors are oblivious to what's actually going on in rural Ontario. We are the backyard where all the wind turbines and solar farms are supposed to be built, providing "clean" renewable energy to clueless city dwellers. But guess what? We don't want these installations in our back yard either!
This is what real reconciliation looks like...
"We live in a historic moment, one that demands audacity, ambition and courage."