[Globe and Mail] An internal caucus revolt has forced NDP leader Jack Layton to revise his party’s position for a second time on Canada’s participation at the United Nations conference on racism, to be held in Geneva next year.
A delegation of eight angry MPs told Mr. Layton the NDP’s call for Canada to take part in an event critics fear will degenerate into an anti-Semitic hatefest risks alienating the party’s traditional blue-collar voting base.
The NDP initially supported the Conservative government’s boycott of the event, dubbed Durban 2 after its predecessor in Durban, South Africa, in 2001. The first conference ended in acrimony after a number of resolutions critical of Israel were adopted.
The party is set to release a third position on Durban 2 in the next few days, in which it says Canada should not go unless it receives ironclad guarantees the conference will not become “hateful, anti-Semitic or Islamophobic.”
We’ll hold our breath for the “ironclad guarantees.”