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National President Judy Darcy has been named to a ten-member steering committee looking at the future of the federal New Democrats. Over the next several months, the NDP Renewal Steering Committee will be holding consultations across Canada, reaching out to identify issues and strategies to build a strong party on the left.

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 to the NDPs next federal convention to take place in November in Winnipeg.

I want 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 channel it into support for a political party. Given the increasing corporate power over working people, its a challenge Im ready to tackle, she said.