EXCERPT: The federal NDP must stand tall in its commitment to a boldly progressive agenda

Originally published in rabble.ca, May 16, 2019

In 2015, Libby Davies retired as deputy leader of the NDP and member of Parliament for Vancouver East, after four decades of work as a politician, community organizer and activist for progressive causes. Her recently published book, Outside In: A Political Memoir, recounts her career and the causes she has worked for, from the legalization of same-sex marriage to housing justice and access to safe injection sites on Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside. [ read more…]

Getting women into Canada’s Parliament

Originally published in Policy Options, May 14, 2019

Former NDP MP and deputy leader Libby Davies, who recently published a memoir, and political scientist Jeanette Ashe discuss gender and elected office.

Jeanette Ashe: You’re one of few women ever elected to Canada’s House of Commons, and you were also the first openly lesbian MP — where today LGBTQ MPs make up approximately 2 percent of the House. [ read more…]

My plunge into politics — and sexism

Originally published in the Toronto Star, May 11, 2019

In the research for my book Outside In: A Political Memoir, I came across a 1982 election interview on BCTV with Jack Webster — the journalist known as “king of the Vancouver airwaves” at the time — where my right to run for city council was challenged based solely on my gender. [ read more…]

Outside In book tour is happening!

Very excited that the book tour for Outside In is about to begin – see the first leg of events listed below. It seems like it has been a very long journey of reflecting, writing, and going through the process of editing and publishing. [ read more…]

BEHIND THE SCENES: Right the Wrong

This video tells the incredible story of the struggle thalidomide survivors in Canada, who have sought justice after decades of neglect by the federal government. I was honoured to work on this issue with the Thalidomide Victims’ Association of Canada — including presenting a motion to Parliament, that passed unanimously in December 2014. [ read more…]

Vancouver’s new progressive city council embodies an exciting opportunity

Originally posted on rabble.ca October 22, 2018

Over the decades, I’ve run in nine Vancouver civic elections, winning five. But, as a long time voter, this latest election on October 20 was one to remember.

Into the wee hours of the morning we waited doggedly for the last polls to come in — hanging out at the legendary Polynesian bar room in the basement of the Waldorf Hotel on Vancouver’s Eastside, desperate to see who would be mayor. [ read more…]

Roger Waters lifts the curtain

The piece was originally posted on rabble.ca – November 2 2017. 

So, every time the curtain falls

Every time the curtain falls on some forgotten life
It is because we all stood by, silent and indifferent­

A few mindful lyrics from Roger Waters’ latest album, Is This the Life We Really Want?, draws us to be present and not absent from what happens around us. [ read more…]