The provincial New Democrats leadership race wouldn't have been the same without Mehdi Najari. The unabashed revolutionary-in-waiting won the applause if not the votes of party members at last November's convention. And during the recent election, he became an unofficial (and occasionally unwanted) advisor to federal New Democrat candidates David Turner and Jennifer Burgis. But what's the party's leading red brigadier up to now? Well, word has reached Public Eye that Mr. Najari has joined an organization called Left Turn. Apparently, its members seem to think the New Democrats aren't socialist enough. And they're determined to run an independent slate of commies in the next election - a plan the party's apparatchiks aren't too worried about. Said one, "Frankly, if Mehdi Najari wants to go off and be part of Left Turn and do that, he should fill his boots. Leave us alone."
August 19, 2004