Thursday, February 2, 2012


TORONTO – NDP Leadership Candidate Brian Topp today released a comprehensive plan to build and strengthen the NDP in every part of Canada. 

The four-point plan calls for continued improvements to the outreach, fundraising, policy and democratic capacity of the party at all levels. 

The plan also makes an explicit commitment to work with other parties to unseat the Harper government depending on the results of the next federal election.

“The New Democratic Party of Canada is not just another corporate brand in a game of musical chairs aiming to manage the status quo,” writes Topp.  “We are a party that is about bringing change to Canada.  And so, the democratic and organizational life of our party is critically important.”

In summary, Topp says that he believes:

  • We need to return to federal field organizing and outreach immediately, and to pursue it with determination for the next three years at many levels and in many ways;
  • We need to substantially reinforce our fundraising ability at both the national and riding level;
  • Drawing on input from our members, from independent voices like the Broadbent Institute, and from the growing number of others interested in working with our party, the NDP should conduct a detailed policy review leading up to our 2013 convention; and
  • Our national executive, federal council, and federal riding associations need to get back to work as functioning democratic bodies.

In addition to taking these steps to strengthen the party, Topp says New Democrats must make an explicit commitment to the Canadian people that should the results of the next election justify it, the NDP will work with other parties to unseat the Harper government.

“There are, as Jack Layton used to say, many tools in the toolbox to do this -- cooperation case-by-case and bill-by-bill; a budget accord on the model of the 2005 "NDP budget"; a governing accord in the style of the 1985 Peterson-Rae accord; or, a coalition government, in the style of the coalitions that govern most of the democratic world.

By talking early and often about these options, we will counteract the nonsense the Conservatives say about them; moreover, we will ensure that Canadians know that in the NDP, they have the party that is always prepared to work with others in the House of Commons to get things done –including the central task of ridding Canada of the Harper government.”