A Socialist Credo

A Socialist Credo

We present here a slightly condensed version of a talk given by Bob Rae, leader of Canada’s New Democratic party (NDP) in Ontario and the new
premier of that province. The text is taken from the Toronto Globe and Mail, October 1, 1990. (The remarkable NDP victory in Ontario is described in a report on p. 19.) We think this text by Premier Rae
is an admirably lucid statement of the outlook of democratic socialism.—EDS.

Like millions of others around the world, I have cheered the triumph of popular democracy in Eastern Europe. But I refuse to interpret those astonishing events as a vindication of capitalism, or a repudiation of anything I would call democratic socialism. The communist regimes

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