The manifesto plunged the party into a fierce internal debate at its convention two weeks ago in Edmonton. Its sweeping program calls for increased funding for health care and public transportation, among many other progressive goals.
It also says Canada must stop relying on natural resources for its economy, declaring, “There is no longer an excuse for building new infrastructure projects that lock us into increased extraction decades into the future.”
The contention directly challenged the party’s Alberta wing, recently its darlings for having toppled the province’s Conservative dynasty last year. In government, the party has been wrestling with reluctant neighbours for pipelines to get its oil to tidewater.
Were Leap’s pipeline prohibition ever implemented, those NDPers say, its ideals would destroy thousands of jobs in Alberta and elsewhere in Canada.