The NDP will vote this weekend on modernizing its image by re-naming itself simply the Democratic Party. Mr. Broadbent said that would be a mistake.
"I think the name of the party is the NDP isn't it?" He asked delegates, to some applause.
"People want us to be focusing on real concerns, not symbols," he added. "(Founding leader) Tommy Douglas once said, the New Democratic Party will remain the New Democratic Party as long as New York remains New York, and I think that's a long time."
Real issues, not symbols. I wonder if Broadbent's opinion will carry much weight, I suspect it might.
Maybe Ed was reviewing his french translation(pede- Comes from the word Pederaste-a man who has sexual relations with a boy- and is considered derogatory):
Jack Layton has remained coy on the topic, but talk of a possible name change for the federal NDP generated growing buzz _ and in some cases outright bewilderment _ as the party opened its convention Friday in Halifax. Layton has played down the significance of a movement afoot to drop the word ``New'' from the NDP, but if approved, the new moniker could be embarrassing for the party, particularly in Quebec. Now abbreviated as the NPD in the province, the party faces the prospect of becoming known as the PD _ initials that sound like ``pede,'' a derogatory term for a homosexual derived from the French word ``pederaste.'' Several delegates expressed concerns that the proposed name change could prove an awkward sell in a seat-rich province.
Nothing says "breakthrough" in Quebec like envoking derogatory imagery.