The Leap Manifesto, which contains some sensational policy leaps, is a document some in the federal NDP hope will become the party's guiding mantra
OTTAWA—The Leap Manifesto is a document that calls for a radical restructuring of the economy as Canada swiftly moves toward ending the use of fossil fuels. It was crafted by best-selling author Naomi Klein and her husband, documentary filmmaker Avi Lewis, and released last September in the midst of the federal election campaign.
During that campaign, NDP Leader Tom Mulcair touted his party as a moderate, pragmatic alternative to the Conservatives, promising to balance the federal budget, not hike taxes other than a “slight and graduated” increase in the corporate tax rate, to sustainably develop Alberta’s oil sands and to be open to free trade deals. That cautious agenda was soundly rejected on Oct. 19, with the NDP finishing a distant third.
As New Democrats gathered in Edmonton mull the future of the party and rebuked Mulcair’s leadership, a joint resolution from the ridings of Toronto-Danforth and Vancouver East is calling for a future debate on the policies contained within in the manifesto.
Here’s what the manifesto calls for: