Auto workers sever ties with New Democrats


I read the Regina Manifesto in 1958 and have to admit to voting for the NDP more often than not.  I also read George Grant’s Lament for a Nation in the 1960s. I think  of myself as an old CCFer / Red Tory.  I grew up in a radical riding, Spadina, and attended the University of Toronto when Stephen Lewis was head of the young NDP there.  I applauded when he and his father got rid of the Waffle; I guess I’m just not that far left.  I felt great unease when the CCF joined with unions to form the New Democratic Party.  One joins a union for job protection and to improve working conditions.  Union members do not make a political commitment when they join a union and they certainly should not have to commit any of their union dues to a particular political party. Joining a political party is an individual decision and unions speak for the collective in work and employment matters only. I am also uneasy about unions having a vote on policy and leadership in the NDP.  I am not unhappy about the Canadian Auto Workers union voting to formally sever ties with the New Democratic Party.  In fact I wish the NDP would sever ties with all its unions and get back to being a party of the centre left. Maybe then they can get back to being Canada’s conscience and a truly progressive party.

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About thebows99krug

Hi, I am Eric, a retired librarian. I was born in St. Michael's Hospital, Toronto and raised in the downtown area north of the Art Gallery, south of the University of Toronto. I went to Orde Street Public School, Harbord C.I., University College at the UofT and the UofT's Faculty of Library and Information Science. I meet my wife Patricia at FLIS; our first date was on November 15, 1968. We were engaged February 14, 1969 and married on June 21, 1969. Our family includes son, James; daughter-in-law, Erin; (both writers), grand-daughters, Vivian and Eleanor; and Pooka, a small but fierce gray tabby. I would like to hear from any other class of '63 alumni of Harbord C.I. and class of '67 alumni of UofT's University College.
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