Well it now appears that it is official party policy of the NDP that Canada withdrawl its troops from Afghanistan.
I cannot support this policy. As I have stated before, I think we have very good reasons for being a part of the Afghanistan mission. I also think that our current strategy for carrying out the mission is flawed and needs to change - a different approach, but remain with the mission. I actually agree with Gerard Kennedy's position, rather than that of my own party. I am in the minority 10% that favour the mission and did not (nor would not if I were at the Convention) vote for the resloution. At least I am in the company of Peter Stoffer, NDP MP for Sackville Nova Scotia, whom I respect immensely:
"It's up to Canadians to judge us, and they will have a time very soon at the next election to determine if we are right or wrong on these issues," Peter Stoffer, a NDP MP from Nova Scotia, told CBC News.I try very hard not to be a single issue person and I agree with the NDP on a great many things. Their position on the military from the 2004 campaign was a refreshing change that surprised even some of my Conservative friends at the Blogging Party of Canada debates we had on the issue. But lately I have been having a crisis of confidence. Having watched one of our brightest from the last election jump ship has shaken me as well.
Stoffer was among those who voted against the resolution, but he said he respects the party's decision and will not quit over it."
I am seriously questioning whether I belong in the NDP. That being said, I sure as hell don't belong in the CPC and the Liberals, well, I still can't trust them and would have a hard time being an any party that thinks Jason Cherniak's latest hijinks are ok, or still allows guys like Dan McTeague to be members.
Perhaps the other pieces of party policy that come from the convention will allow me the opportunity to stay in the NDP. After all, who else will defend Canada's healthcare system? Who else will really stand up for individual rights and equality? The CPC sure won't and the Liberals simply haven't. As I said, I am not a one-issue person, so perhaps other polices will convince me to stay.
Or perhaps Bob Rae, Gerard Kennedy and the left side of the Liberals will win the day. That might be very tempting.
Or perhaps, and more likely as of right now, I will join my friends James Bow, Declan Dunne, KevinG and others in being non-partisan, non-party affiliated. I will still be an unabashed lefty of course, but I will be more comfortable in the company I keep.
For now, I will stay with the NDP a bit longer and see if I can find a reason to stay. But time is running out.