NDP brass look to ditch 'socialist' reference in constitution

NDP Leader Thomas Mulcair speaks to the media outside the House of Commons at Parliament Hill in...

NDP Leader Thomas Mulcair speaks to the media outside the House of Commons at Parliament Hill in Ottawa March 21, 2013 shortly after Federal Finance Minster Jim Flaherty tabled the 2013 Budget. (John Major/QMI Agency)

Kristy Kirkup, Parliamentary Bureau

, Last Updated: 9:42 PM ET

OTTAWA - The NDP establishment will take another whack at removing the unpopular term "socialist" from the party's constitution.

NDP convention delegates set to congregate in Montreal next weekend will be addressing internal issues including a proposal to drop the wording deeply connected to the party's roots.

Former interim leader Nycole Turmel told reporters in Ottawa on Thursday she favours keeping it while NDP foreign affairs critic Paul Dewar said he's interested in the pitch to reform the party's blueprint.

"I am going to wait to make my opinions known at convention," Dewar said. "There will be a good debate, as always, on the floor. I like what I've seen in terms of the text and the changes."

Other NDP MPs have spoken openly about a need to reform the party's constitutional preamble to ditch the terms "democratic socialist" in favour of the more modern "social democrats."


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