What if I were to tell you that the New Democratic Party’s constitution calls for the abolition of money and all banks or that it demands for the creation of a North American Union, would you believe me? Well the thing is, it would be pretty hard for you to prove me wrong seeing as the NDPs Constitution is being kept from the public. Though my hypothetical description of the NDPs constitution’s content was completely false, I was in the position to completely mislead you on the party’s guiding principles, just like the NDP is doing right now to Canadians.
Unlike every other political party that openly displays its constitution; the NDP has purposely concealed theirs from the public. On all other websites, Conservatives, Liberals, Greens, party constitutions can be easily found; the NDP site is the only one that does not include it. And what suggests the absence is intentional is that the document used to be available on some separate New Democratic Party web page, but that has long since been deleted. Adding to the NDPs problem is that to sign up to become a member, it is required that one promise they "abide" by the party's constitution, but how is that possible when its not made public?
The reason for the absence of the document is so Canadians aren't repelled from the NDP by the strong socialist principles in it's constitution but attracted to the party by the general superficialities it has been replaced by. Where once Canadians through investigation could eventually find it on the internet and read the NDP Constitution with its denunciation of capitalism, now they can only find how that party will 'move the focus of government from the board table to the kitchen table,' whatever that means.
The absence of the NDP's foundational document is extremely telling, as a political party's constitution contains the values and rules that are paramount to the party and overrule any platform, any policy, and any action of its Leader. Any direction the party is to take, any stance that it is make, it must conform to the parties constitution. In fact party constitutions not only include criteria for leaders, candidates, and membership but they often set out rules of behaviour for members to follow. Thus before becoming a member of the NDP a person is required to promise to "abide" to the constitution of the party, the problem here of course is that no one can read the NDP constitution because it is purposely being withheld.
The question of membership validity derives from the NDP requiring potential members to promise to obey to its constitution before signing up, while at the same time not making it available to be read. The image to the right is a screen capture from the NDPs online sign-up page. It requires that before a person becomes a member, they must make this declaration:
I promise to abide by the Constitution, policies and principles of the NDP both federally and provincially/territorially.But as stated previously, no one can see what the Constitution even says, yet the NDP requires sworn obligation to it. It must then be asked how can a party require obligation to a document they do not make public? My answer is that they do so unethically.
Two years ago I had come across that the New Democratic Party was the only political party to not include its constitution on its party website, and in response I made this early YouTube video. The Conservatives, Liberals, and Greens all had (and still do) easily discoverable constitutions right on their party websites, while the NDP did not.
I contacted the NDP multiple times about why this was the case and I have never received a reply. And though at the time the NDP did have their constitution available on the internet, only found through various attempts of Google searches, now that previously found constitution has been completely removed. If one today is to search for the NDP Constitution whether on the parties website or through Google or again through communication with the NDP, all they will find is dead links and unanswered emails.
Again the reason why the NDP does not include its constitution on its website and that it has removed any copy of it from periphery sites, is because it contains an extremely anti-capitalist view that would repel potential voters and members. Completely gone from the internet is the NDPs official stance against any profit whatsoever, and now any Canadian who valued freedom within the economy and would have disagreed with the NDP's most foundational principles, will be misled.
The preamble of the NDPs Constitution (as documented in this video at 4m26s) states that its principles can be defined as:
"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;The first statement makes clear that a founding principle of the NDP is that it is against profit of any kind, that instead of an economy being driven by the incentive of profit it is to be directed to meet social and individual needs. The second statement reaffirms a strong desire for social ownership and as such would impose limits on private ownership. Both of these principles would turn away many Canadians, and as the NDPs website and platform don't even mention the ideas they represent, it's no wonder why they keep their constitution hidden.
To modify and control the operations of monopolistic productive and distributive organizations through social and economic planning. Towards these ends and where necessary the extension of the principle of social ownership."
UPDATE: The NDP has posted its constitution on its website as of January of 2012. After three years of my first writing on the subject and thousands of visits, inlcuding visits by national news media outlets, the NDP has finally made its founding document available to the public.