It's quite apparent that Layton has taken great pains to hide the NDP's Constitution from public scrutiny as well. Really great pains. In fact, a complete cleansing from Google, based on my searches and those of many others.
Why would they do this? Are they ashamed or afraid of something? Could it be that their constitution resembles an old communist manifesto, more than a modern expression of true democratic values? Could it be that Layton has lied to Canadians about what the NDP REALLY stands for? Probably. From Terence Corcoran's April 29, 2011 article in the Financial Post:
"The CBC’s Leslie MacKinnon recently reported on the NDP’s official constitution, a 2003 document that specifies why the NDP exists. It turns out the NDP constitution is itself a hidden agenda.Sounds like a typical Communist Manifesto to me. I wonder how many folks signed up for membership in the NDP and were greeted by this declaration that they must attest to first:
First, here’s a core statement from the preamble outlining the “principles of democratic socialism” that guide the party:
- That the production and distribution of goods and services shall be directed to meeting the social and individual needs of people within a sustainable environment and economy and not to the making of profit;
- To modify and control the operations of the monopolistic productive and distributive organizations through economic and social planning. Towards these ends and where necessary, the extension of the principle of social ownership….
- The New Democratic Party is proud to be associated with the democratic socialist parties of the world and to share the struggle for peace, international co-operation and the abolition of poverty."
"I hereby apply for membership in the New Democratic Party of Canada and the NDP in the province/territory of my residence where applicable. I promise to abide by the Constitution, policies and principles of the NDP both federally and provincially/territorially. I hereby state that I am not a member nor supporter of any other federal political party, nor a member or supporter of any other provincial or territorial party where there is a provincial or territorial NDP."That's right. You have to agree to abide by the constitution of the NDP. Of course, one cannot view the referenced Constitution, so you have to take Jack and his BS completely on faith. So are all memberships created without being able to reference the NDP's Constitution invalid? One would think so, based on contract law.
What is the NDP so afraid of? That their communist-style manifesto will be found out?
Whatever. Since Jack says he and his party are so democratic, open and transparent, let's see him put his mealy words into action.
Layton. Show us your Constitution! Right Now!
Postscript: Here are a few questions that the mainstream media may wish to ask Jack Layton, if they wish to do their job properly!
- Why did the NDP remove their 2003 Constitution from public view? When? What were they trying to hide?
- Why did the NDP thoroughly cleanse the internet of all other references and copies of this Constitutional document?
- Did the NDP also cleanse the internet of any other documents? Which ones? When?
- Will the NDP restore their (2003) Constitution to their website, freely downloadable? When will they do this?
- Since NDP memberships purchased, without access to the attesting Constitution document, are illegal and void, will the NDP cancel those memberships and refund moneies paid?
- How many such memberships are affected?