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The Future of Social Democracy online conference

Theres no registration fee and you dont have to wear a delegate tag.

Participants can log in and weigh in on the lively discussion about the future of left politics in Canada, and the role of the New Democratic Party in that future. Read background papers and add your voice to the debates about hot topics that are making headlines and sparking discussions.

One discussion area looks at political citizenship, including whether a social democratic party can survive without union financial support, as well as the possibilities of electoral reform. Other areas on the site look at the role and limitations of local and global markets; social class, citizenship and class politics; as well as the place for grassroots activism alongside and within a social democratic party.

You can also cast your vote on questions of the day through the forums surveys. Just click to join no password needed.

The debates site is hosted by the Straight Goods alternative news web site. You can link to the site by visiting CUPE on the web, at cupe.ca.

The Future of Social Democracy conference is organized by McGill Universitys Institute for the Study of Canada and is co-chaired by former federal NDP leader Ed Broadbent and historian Desmond Morton.

Reports from the Montreal conference will be posted to the site, and the web forums will continue through June, keeping discussion going beyond the two-day meeting.