Category: Brian Charlton

The NDP Leadership Decision

At the April 2016 NDP convention delegates decided the party needed a new leader. Thomas Mulcair was out; sometime in early October we will know who is in. There are four candidates: Charlie Angus, MP for Timmins-James Bay; Niki Ashton, MP for Churchill-Keewatinak Aski; Guy Caron MP for Rimouski-Neigette-Temiscouata-Les Basques; and Jagmeet Singh, Ontario MPP for Bramela-Gore-Malton. Interestingly all but Singh are from rural ridings: Angus from northern Ontario, Ashton from northern Manitoba and Caron from the Gaspe area of Quebec.

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Labour Beat: Rewritten and Redrawn

British historian Christopher Hill once wrote, “History has to be rewritten in every generation, because although the past does not change the present does.” We not only use our own experiences and knowledge to interpret anew that history but also use new modes of storytelling to communicate that history.

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LABOUR BEAT: Ginger Goodwin’s Legends and Reality

A few years ago at a Pacific Northwest Labour History Association Conference in New Westminster I listened to a fascinating debate between Mark Lieir, a SFU professor, and Roger Stonebanks, a historian and author of ‘ Fighting for Dignity-The Ginger Goodwin Story’. They were debating about what is most important; the historical facts of events or people’s perception of those events

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