A new leader isn’t the only thing that the federal NDP is searching for, in the wake of its third-place finish in the 2015 general election. The party is also grappling with existential questions around its core political philosophy. In a recent Policy Options article, historian Kenneth C. Dewar argued that the policy debates of the party’s past can provide some valuable guidance today. He stopped by the podcast to share his insights.

See Kenneth C. Dewar’s Active History essay “The Social Democracy Question” here.

Photo: Federal NDP leader Tom Mulcair waves to the crowd after his speech during the 2016 NDP Federal Convention in Edmonton Alta, on Sunday, April 10, 2016. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jason Franson

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Kenneth C. Dewar
Kenneth C. Dewar is professor emeritus of history at Mount Saint Vincent University. His most recent book, Frank Underhill and the Politics of Ideas, was published in 2015 by McGill-Queen’s University Press.