NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh is supporting several controversial proposals brought up by party members while rejecting others in preparation for this weekend's policy convention.
For example, one member from the Spadina-Fort York riding association called for the "phasing out" of the Canadian Armed Forces and retraining of servicemen into new roles.
"I don't agree," Singh said this week.
However, he didn’t share the same outlook on the issue of state removal. One NDP association has called for the removal of all statues of Sir John A. Macdonald, in addition to adding Indigenous symbols to the Canadian flag.
"We've got to be very aware of the message certain monuments and statues send in public spaces, and be open to moving with the times," Singh noted. Furthermore, he noted that some historical figures, who may have statues or buildings named for them, may be disrespectful of "Indigenous persons and diversity." They therefore may need to be renamed or removed, he argued.
"There always will be a place for remembering our history, and sometimes that place maybe is best served in a museum or in history books, and not always in public places."
Singh also touched upon a resolution that would condemn Quebec's Bill 21, which bans the wearing of religious symbols while employed the state (teachers and police officers).
Here too did Singh vacillate, calling it "discriminatory" while still acknowledging the importance of separating church and state.
Speakers at the convention will include B.C. Premier John Horgan, Ontario NDP leader Andrea Horwath and Rachel Notley, NDP leader for Alberta (who is widely predicted to win an election in Alberta if an election were held today).
Ed Broadbent, who led the national party from 1975 to 1989, will also be present.