Singh rejects more extreme NDP policy resolutions, like scrapping military

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NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh is standing by several controversial proposals from rank-and-file party members while rejecting more extreme ones — including a call to abolish the military — ahead of this weekend’s policy convention. Singh’s tightrope walk has him hovering between the party’s grassroots and the broader Canadian public, with an eye to pleasing enough of both to boost New Democrats above their fourth-place ranking in the House of Commons in a potential election this year. A resolution from the NDP’s Spadina-Fort York riding association commits to “phasing out” the Canadian Armed Forces and retraining service members into civil service roles. “I don’t agree,” Singh said at a virtual press conference Wednesday. He said the military provided critical support at long-term care homes during the COVID-19 outbreaks last year, and he has called for further deployment to assist in the vaccine rollout. Singh declined to take a stance on potential policy planks that demand the removal of all statues of Sir John A. Macdonald and the addition of Indigenous symbols to the Canadian flag. But he sympathized with the ideas behind them.

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