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AVAILABLE EXPERT – Proposed rebranding of the New Democratic Party

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Queen's University history expert Christo Aivalis is available to comment on a proposal by former NDP Member of Parliament Peter Stoffer to rebrand the party in the wake of the 42nd General Election. Mr. Stoffer's proposal includes such ideas as separating the federal and provincial wings of the NDP, abandoning the 1961 agreement that brought the Co-operative Commonwealth Federation and the Canadian Labour Congress together to form the NDP, and removing "New" from the party's name.

"Peter Stoffer's recent call to overhaul the NDP's structure speaks to many historical issues within the party and, if enacted, would change the face of Canadian social democracy into the future," says Dr. Aivalis. "Specifically, his proposed disassociation from labour would be a fundamental altering of party strategy and philosophy."

Dr. Aivalis is an adjunct professor of Canadian political and labour history at Queen's University. His research focus deals primarily with Canadian Labour/leftist History, Canada's economic and social democratic left and the broader history of Canadian workers, socialists, radical Christians, and liberal intellectuals.

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