The New Democrat Party held their national convention over the weekend in Edmonton. At that convention, they adopted the LEAP Manifesto. Like most manifestos these days, the LEAP Manifesto is a hot mess of every imaginable social justice cause rolled into an unattainable screed of fairytale demands.
The resolution to adopt the LEAP Manifesto is clear: “The NDP recognizes and supports the Leap Manifesto as a high-level statement of principles that speaks to the aspirations, history, and values of the party.” Now this “high-level statement of principles” calls for some serious socialism and an end to fossil fuels altogether.
This is directly from the LEAP Manifesto:
"The new iron law of energy development must be: if you wouldn’t want it in your backyard, then it doesn’t belong in anyone’s backyard. That applies equally to oil and gas pipelines; fracking in New Brunswick, Quebec and British Columbia; increased tanker traffic off our coasts; and to Canadian-owned mining projects the world over.”
The NDP just voted to adopt the end of Alberta and Rachel Notley is trying to distance herself from the Federal Party. But is she really so far removed? Not when her MLAs spent the summer campaigning for LEAP Manifesto signatories like Jacqui Gingras. Jobs Minister, Lori Sigurdson campaigned for LEAPster Gingras while Alberta bled jobs. Shaye Anderson campaigned for Gingras while one in two jobs in Nisku, the industrial park in his riding, vanished.
The Alberta NDP are not that distanced from the LEAP Manifesto, but they’d sure like to be far away from the electoral fall out it will cause for them.