Journal des Alternatives

Beyond the Ballot Box

27 November 2002

As Brazilian revellers come down from the thrill of Lula’s victory and face the tough challenges ahead, the Workers’ Party’s example is starting to change the way we do democracy here in Canada.

For his part, Lula has to square his military and IMF compromises with his promises of reforms for the poor. To make matters worse, his own Workers’ Party (PT) contains factions with conflicting agendas.

The key may lie in what PT member Caio Galvaio said at a recent forum in Toronto. "The plurality of the PT is not a problem but a possibility of greater creativity to face our problems."

This recognition that real democracy is a messy but creative process is what makes Lula’s victory so symbolic for the rest of the world.

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