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Stephen





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PostPosted: Tue Sep 05, 2006 10:47 pm    Post subject: Help requested! NDP draft policies Reply with quote

Hey everyone. I just released the other 6/7ths of the "top secret" NDP draft policy document on my website (the NDP didn't want it released...). I already went through the foreign policy document... the rest of it is just too huge to go through myself.

Can you help me out by accessing the text file versions here (start on a random file, at a random location... hopefully we can cover more ground this way):

Part 2
Part 3
Part 4
Part 5
Part 6
Part 7

and then post the craziest policies that you come across.
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PostPosted: Tue Sep 05, 2006 10:49 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'll go first.

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WHEREAS the Canadian work week is among the longest throughout the industrialized
world, which has shown to cause increased stress, illness and lower productivity; and
WHEREAS tens of thousands of new jobs would be created if the work week was reduced to
a more appropriate length,
THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that a NDP government reduce the work week throughout
Canada to 32 hours and abolish mandatory overtime.

OAKVILLE NDP
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PostPosted: Tue Sep 05, 2006 10:59 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I must admit, having just moved to Alberta, that I miss 9-5 with one hour lunch. Here it is 8-5 with one hour lunch. That is too long of a day. Sorry, didn't mean to hijack the thread...
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PostPosted: Tue Sep 05, 2006 11:11 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

That policy is not "crazy." The NDP supported reducing the work week in past elections. It is an admirable policy, but of course it needs some sort of strategy for thorough implementation understanding the conflicts involved or else it is empty idealism. Heath and Potter, in their Rebel Sell, suggest it as a sensible policy that the Left should embrace as an alternative to counterculture or alterglobalization. They are certainly not the "Looney Left" style of crazy, since Potter (now with Macleans) even derisively called suicide bombers "simply the most dedicated members of the anti-globalization movement."

The typical response is the "lump of labour policy", which the Sandwichman takes great delight in skewering around here. If he succeeds is a whole other question, but he at least complicates matters.
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PostPosted: Tue Sep 05, 2006 11:13 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Donald Hughes wrote:
That policy is not "crazy." The NDP supported reducing the work week in past elections. It is an admirable policy, but of course it needs some sort of strategy for thorough implementation understanding the conflicts involved or else it is empty idealism. Heath and Potter, in their Rebel Sell, suggest it as a sensible policy that the Left should embrace as an alternative to counterculture or alterglobalization. They are certainly not the "Looney Left" style of crazy, since Potter (now with Macleans) even derisively called suicide bombers "simply the most dedicated members of the anti-globalization movement."

The typical response is the "lump of labour policy", which the Sandwichman takes great delight in skewering around here. If he succeeds is a whole other question, but he at least complicates matters.


Donald, you're probably going to disagree with a lot of this thread. Do you mind if we work away on this? Alternatively, you can help us out by finding the ones that you find loopy (and which we'll probably find really loopy)


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PostPosted: Tue Sep 05, 2006 11:15 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

No problem. Natural devil's advocate. I'll look for a few I find wacky later.
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PostPosted: Tue Sep 05, 2006 11:17 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Donald Hughes wrote:
No problem. Natural devil's advocate. I'll look for a few I find wacky later.


Thanks man. Everyone's so courteous in these early days of the BT forums. I hope we can maintain this.
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PostPosted: Tue Sep 05, 2006 11:25 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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WHEREAS despite the above, in our market society cigarettes continue to be sold freely, and warnings on packages trivialize the risk of smoking, with the result that there is little reduction in the prevalence of smoking and young people are continuing to adopt the habit,
THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that a New Democratic government will require that all cigarette packages bear a large label "Death", to correspond with the fate of those who smoke.

DURHAM NDP


Problem solved... :roll:
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PostPosted: Tue Sep 05, 2006 11:29 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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WHEREAS many students are now graduating from post-secondary institutions with student-debt of over $50,000 each; and
WHEREAS this situation discourages Canadians from seeking education, denies university students many opportunities, and contributes to the unprecedented level of personal debt among Canadians,
THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the NDP actively campaign to ensure that federal funding for education impose requirements on the provinces to immediately freeze tuition, and through annual reductions, eliminate tuition completely within five years; and
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the NDP actively campaign for a more equitable and progressive taxation system that would allow such increased funding to take place.

KITCHENER CENTRE NDP


a) Violation of provincial jurisdiction...

b) $50,000 to $0 in five years? How?

A "progressive taxation system" :shock:
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PostPosted: Wed Sep 06, 2006 12:38 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the New Democratic Party of Canada in preparation for the next federal election strive for five percent of all Party candidates to be persons with disabilities;

PICKERING-SCARBOROUGH EAST NDP
SCARBOROUGH SOUTHWEST NDP


more quotas...
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PostPosted: Wed Sep 06, 2006 12:49 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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WHEREAS crime is largely a symptom of the exploitation and exclusion of people under capitalism; and
WHEREAS mandatory prison sentences is simply another attack on workers, the poor, immigrants, youth, Aboriginal and people of colour,
THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the NDP, and those responsible for publicizing the NDP's platform, oppose mandatory prison sentences.
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PostPosted: Wed Sep 06, 2006 12:50 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that New Democrats in Canada stop using language that
suggests we will not win;

CHATHAM-KENT-ESSEX NDP
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PostPosted: Wed Sep 06, 2006 12:52 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that a NDP government reduce the work week throughout Canada to 32 hours and abolish mandatory overtime.

Yeah. Because it's worked SO well in France.
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PostPosted: Wed Sep 06, 2006 1:02 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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WHEREAS perfume and scented products can cause severe allergic reactions including severe difficulties breathing, runny eyes and severe headaches; and
WHEREAS asthmatics react to scents sometimes causing serious complications,
THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that all Federal NDP events be declared scent-free; and
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that a notice be sent prior to all Federal Party events requesting that people refrain from wearing scented products.
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PostPosted: Wed Sep 06, 2006 1:03 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

<i>THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that Convention direct Caucus not to vote for the
Conservative legislation to increase the basic age of consent for sexual activity to sixteen years of age.

ONDY </i>

<i>THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that a NDP government will continue to support the review of current criminal codes with all parties, and publicly and formally support the
decriminalization of the sex trade should evidence continue to illustrate the impediment of current laws on the basic fundamental rights of Canadians. </i>

<i>iBE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the NDP Federal Caucus work to ensure that the Age of Consent for anal sex be consistent with that for all other types of sexual activity.</i>

<i>THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the NDP work to ensure that any changes to the age of consent laws do not criminalize non-exploitive consensual sexual activity between youth near in age. </i>

<i>BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that Party members and supporters are urged to educate themselves about the issues involved in youth sexuality, and, having done so, petition their MPs to oppose bill C-22. </i>

Only halfway through part 2, and I am detecting a pattern.
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