Naming the Party
Here’s my modest contribution to the debate on re-naming the NDP.
Ed Broadbent and others have made the excellent point that “NDP” is a solid brand that stands for something – namely belief in social democracy,Â a revitalized, new democracy.
However, I don’t buy the argument that “New” qualifies “Democratic” in the same way that “New” qualifies “York” in New York, as Ed has argued.Â The current name implies a new party, as it was meant to do back in 1961 when it replaced “New Party.”
My conclusion – rename the party as the New Democracy Party, or the NDP for short, or New Democrats as needed.