“I’m very happy to endorse Niki Ashton for leader of the New Democratic Party. The next NDP leader needs to understand not only our history, but also our present moment, and where we’re heading. Niki gets that our party’s socialist legacy is no burden but an asset, as free market orthodoxy and carbon-intensive colonialism collapse around our ears.
All over the world, working people and youth are asserting their indignant hopefulness, our refusal to submit to a burning, unequal planet; Indigenous peoples across the globe are demanding an end to dispossessions, displacements, and brutalities old and new. Niki understands that if our party has a future — hell, if our society has a future — it lies in acknowledging, honouring, and participating in these movements. After decades of being told that we were powerless to create a more equal, democratic, inclusive, kinder country, we’re waking up from the greedy delirium of neoliberalism to the realization that we have choices — that in fact, democracy means nothing if we don’t.
Niki understands that it’s not the NDP leader’s job to impress right-wing newspaper pundits. She’s saying loud and clear, without apology, that she stands with working people; the young; racialized communities; sovereign Indigenous nations; LGBTQ2S communities; climate justice fighters; people living with disabilities; peace activists; feminists; Francophones; trade unions, and more — and you know what? It’s music to my ears.”
– Charlie Demers, Comedian and Writer, Vancouver BC