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Party and Waffle

ndp: In the 1970s the divisive issue was Canada's independence from its domineering U.S. neighbour, according to Rabble. Wafflers, led by economists Mel Watkins and Jim Laxer, wanted to turn the NDP into a truly socialist party . The Waffle called for an end to domination of Canada by the American empire -- not through homegrown capitalism but via national planning of investment and public ownership of the means of production. That was when the socialist and Canadian-nationalist Waffle wing formed what was almost a party within the party. The NDP establishment eventually kicked out the Wafflers. Many Waffle leaders later returned to the NDP and became leading forces in the party. After trying, with limited success, to form a new party, the Waffle movement disbanded. ( As reported in the news.