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Turn Left - Summer 2011

Turn Left - Summer 2011

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Published by B. Ross Ashley
The occasional magazine of the NDP Socialist Caucus
The occasional magazine of the NDP Socialist Caucus

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Turn Left
Voice of the NDP Socialist CaucusVoix du caucus socialiste NPD
Summer 2011Été 2011
02Turn Left
03 An Open Letter to Brad LevigneHans Modlich04 From the Editor: The Class of 201105 Profile: Dan Harris, MP for Scarborough Southwest06 Defeating Harpers Tories in the Parliament of the StreetsBarry Weisleder08 Battons les Conservateurs au Parlement de la Rue10 Why the NDP Must Oppose NATO and the Bombing of Libya12 Right-Wing Coup OverturnsSocialist Win at ONDY ConventionTyler MacKinnon14 Protecting Our PensionsJohn Orrett16 Socialist Caucus Resolutions for 2011 NDP Convention20 An Election Night I Will Never ForgetHans Modlich22 Build on the Historic Gains for the NDPBarry Weisleder23 Profit System Fuels World Food Crisis24 The Case for Equality. A Review of
The Spirit Level 
Simon Black25 Postal Workers Deliver 95% Strike MandateElizabeth Byce26 Profile: CAW Economist Jim Stanford
Open letter to BRAD LAVIGNE,NDP Election Campaign DirectorMay 11, 2011Dear Brad,
or 50 years I have worked for thehistoric gains achieved by the NDPon May 2 by putting up NDP elec-tion signs, pulling the vote on E-day,and contributing handsomely to partycoffers. Being Franco-Canadian, I fol-lowed the Election Night coverage onRadio-Canada only to find, as the tele-cast focused on the Constitution Roomat the Metro Convention Centre, thatour splendid electoral breakthrough wasmarred by an entirely avoidable visual im-age.A sea of Maple Leaf flags –without a single Fleur de Lys in sight –greeted the tide of Quebecois voters asa backdrop to Jack Layton’s address asleader-elect of the Ocial Opposition.This was an inexcusable faux pas! Wepresume it happened without the priorknowledge of the Leader. In any caseit cannot be ignored – lest our break-through in Quebec turn into a one-nightstand. Brad, while I have received e-mailmessages daily from you leading up toMay 2, I have waited for over a week forany kind of public acknowledgment of this blunder on election night.It is for this reason that I am ad-dressing this open letter to you. I havestood up in defence of the Fleur de Lys onseveral occasions, both as a party mem-ber and as a former resident of Quebec.For example, at Brockville at the time of the Meech Lake Accord, when reaction-aries trampled the Fleur-de-Lys flag, andthe media eagerly transmitted the hate-ful images of anti-Quebec chauvinism inaction.Brad, I believe I have the rightto ask that the NDP, starting with youas the federal campaign director, publiclyacknowledge the “flag error” and explainhow it occurred. The party should apolo-gize for it and pledge that at future NDP/NPD events the Fleur de Lys be accordedequal status with the Maple Leaf.I wish this acknowledgment andcorrection be done expeditiously. I amsure that New Democrats would agreethat we do not want the flag slap in theface of Quebec to mar the proceedingsat the upcoming June federal NDP con-vention in Vancouver. Please respond tothis appeal as soon as possible.Sincerely yours,Hans ModlichMember of Federal Steering Committee,NDP Socialist CaucusLettre ouverte à BRAD LAVIGNE,Directeur de la campagne du NPD pourles élections fédéralesle 11 Mai 2011Cher Brad,
epuis 50 ans j’ai travaillé pourles gains historiques acquis parle NPD ce 2 mai en mettant despancartes électorales du NPD, incitantau vote le jour de l’élection, et en con-tribuant généreusement aux coffres duparti.Étant franco-Canadiens, j’aisuivi la soirée des élections à Radio-Can-ada seulement pour constater que notrepercée spectaculaire était entachée parune image dont on aurait complètementpu se passer.C’est une mer de drapeauxportant l’emblème du Canada, la feuilled’érable, sans un seul drapeau fleurdeliséà l’horizon qui - en toile de fond du dis-cours de Jack Layton en tant que leaderélu de l’opposition ocielle dans la « lasalle de la constitution » - a accueillit lavague de votes Québécois.Ceci était un impair inexcus-able! Nous doutons que cette erreur aitété commise avec la connaissance préal-able du chef du parti. Dans les cas, cecine peut pas être ignoré de peur de fairede notre percée au Québec une aventured’un soir.Brad, bien que j’ai reçu des cour-riels quotidiens précédant le 2 mai, j’aiattendu plus d’une semaine pour une re-connaissance publique de quelque typeque soit pour cette bourde la nuit desélections. C’est pour cette raison que jevous adresse cette lettre ouverte.Je me suis porté à la défense dufleurdelisé à plusieurs occasions dans mavie, autant en tant que membre du partiqu’en tant qu’ancien résident du Québec.Par exemple, à Brockville à l’époque duLac Meech, lorsque les réactionnaires
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