The NDP and the Waffle: 50 years later survival takes on a new meaning

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Fifty years ago at a federal party convention in Winnipeg, the NDP rejected a resolution calling for an independent socialist Canada. What was widely known as the Waffle Manifesto was voted down by party delegates.

In debating a draft version of the manifesto, Ed Broadbent reportedly said, "if we are going to waffle, we better waffle to the left," which explains how the Manifesto for an Independent Socialist Canada got its nickname.

Last week in Vancouver, as part of the annual Congress of Humanities and Social Science, Professor Emeritus of Communication at Simon Fraser University (and rabble.ca blogger) Robert Hackett organized a Socialist Studies panel to reflect on what happened in 1969 and what it means today.

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