Former NDP B.C. MP, Libby Davies, tells Eric Sorensen more can be done on Parliament Hill to address misconduct and harassment allegations.
The former deputy leader of the federal New Democratic Party says Jagmeet Singh has had to choose his words very carefully over the past several weeks as accusations of sexual harassment have swirled around two members of his caucus. “I think it’s a really tough situation for any leader,” said ex-MP Libby Davies, who served in the House of Commons from 1997 to 2015 and also acted as the party’s House leader. “When (accusations of harassment) become public, it’s very public. And suddenly the spotlight is on, and words become very important and how you follow up, what kind of process there is.”
Eminent historians, astronomers, academics, lawyers, artists, social justice advocates, and former politicians and public servants were also invested. Among them Libby Davies, a Vancouver community activist and former city councillor and longtime NDP MP who championed LGBT rights, affordable housing and safe injection sites.
Rankin’s left-wing allies—Libby Davies, Jean Swanson, Fred Wilson, and Smilsky—all offer their views with the hindsight of history, and this is offset by comments from Harcourt, former councillor Darlene Marzari, and Campbell, who won in a landslide. There's a particularly memorable footage of a COPE caucus meeting in Davies' living room with Swanson, Rankin, and councillors Bruce Yorke and Bruce Eriksen. Alfeld described this as the "most picture perfect East Vancouver COPE political moment", revealing everyone participating and contributing as equals. "That scene was so important to me," she said. "While it showed that Harry was a leader within COPE, it wasn't the Harry show."
On Tuesday May 15 at 7 p.m., Libby Davies and Ann Wright discuss the Boat to Gaza movement as 2018 Canadian Boat to Gaza Freedom Flotilla participants are introduced online!
NDP MP Don Davies is ruling out running to become the next mayor of Vancouver, opting to remain on the federal scene instead. His decision comes days after former NDP MP Libby Davies – no relation, except by political stripe – also decided she’s not taking a shot at the job.
A left-wing icon who served on park board, city council, and for 18 years in Parliament, her greatest legacy may have been in convincing the public and other politicians to look upon illicit-drug addiction as a health issue and to take the housing crisis seriously. This set the stage for a legal supervised-injection facility and a host of other measures. Davies also amplified the voices of marginalized people in her riding, be they sex workers, homeless people, or family members of missing and murdered women.
Robinson was the lone publicly gay MP for another six years, until Quebecois Réal Ménard came out in 1994. Then B.C. MP Libby Davies was the first lesbian to come out in 2001.
A resolution has been submitted to the NDP convention to update the NDP's policy on Palestine. It is supported by human rights advocates, veteran NDP activists, including ex-MP Libby Davies, and my organization, Independent Jewish Voices Canada. If adopted, it would significantly shift the discourse in Canada about Palestine. Its ripple effects would reach even more widely. The resolution has three points. It says the NDP will: Call upon Israel to end its occupation and settlement program, lift the Gaza blockade, recognize its Arab-Palestinian citizens' right to full equality, and address refugee claims fairly; Call for banning settlement products from Canadian markets, and using other forms of diplomatic and economic pressure to end the occupation; Oppose Canadian parliamentary efforts to undermine non-violent movements seeking a just resolution; in other words, oppose efforts to criminalize advocating for boycott, divestment and sanctions as Palestinian civil organizations have asked overseas supporters to do.
In the meantime, two orange candidates have stepped forward to say they're mulling the possibility of running for mayor of Vancouver: former NDP MP Libby Davies and NDP MP Don Davies (no relation). My guess is that Don Davies would be less likely than Libby Davies to create problems for the NDP government over income inequality and social issues. In the past, Don Davies has had ties to the Alberta labour movement. He worked for years as a lawyer with the Teamsters, which is part of the B.C. & Yukon Building Trades and Construction Council. Coun. Raymond Louie, a moderate New Democrat, would also be a popular choice inside the premier's office. Libby Davies was once a Downtown Eastside housing activist before venturing into electoral politics.