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CUPE National President Judy Darcy has been named to the steering committee looking at the future of the federal New Democrats. Over the next several months, the NDP Renewal Steering Committee will be consulting broadly, working to identify the issues and outline the shape of the future NDP as it moves forward to attract greater support across Canada.

In CUPE, we know the increasing anger building among Canadians as the gap between rich and poor grows wider, as people lose public services, as trade deals put corporate rights above democratic rights and as governments limit workers rights. We need a strong and vibrant political party on the left to represent the struggles of activists and working people, said Darcy.

The steering committee will promote discussion and prepare recommendations for the partys next federal convention to take place in November in Winnipeg.

Its my intention to make this consultation as broad-based and inclusive as possible, said Darcy. Canadians are fighting back. Its an exciting moment for the left, with lots of energy, activism and youth.

But it remains a huge challenge to fuse this vitality into a political force, and to translate it into support for a political party. Given the impact of increasing corporate power over working people, its a challenge I wholeheartedly embrace, she said.