Broadbent v. Mulcair

The former NDP leader is unrepentant.

Broadbent reiterated his concerns, saying: the NDP could disappear if Mulcair brings it too close to the political centre; that Mulcair had claimed false credit for the party’s breakthrough in Quebec in last May’s election; and that New Democrats ought to be worried about whether he has the personal temperament to lead a united caucus. “I’m just putting up warning signals,” he said Saturday from his Ottawa home. “I felt I had a responsibility to do this.”

The frontrunner to be the next NDP leader is undeterred.

But in a french-language interview with Radio-Canada’s Sunday political flagship program Les Coulisses du Pouvoir, Mulcair said he has never used that expression. ”Others have used it for me, and attributed it to me,” he said. ”What I have said from the start, however, is we have to bring the centre towards the NDP,” specified Mulcair, who sees a distinction between the two positions.




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Broadbent v. Mulcair

  1. Orwell ~ Road To Wigan Pier:

    Indeed, from one point of view, Socialism is such elementary common sense that I am sometimes amazed that it has not established itself already. The world is a raft sailing through space with, potentially, plenty of provisions for everybody; the idea that we must all cooperate and see to it that every-one does his fair share of the work and gets his fair share of the provisions seems so blatantly obvious that one would say that no one could possibly fail to accept it unless he had some corrupt motive for clinging to the present system.

    Question a person of this type, and you will often get the semi- frivolous answer: ‘I don’t object to Socialism, but I do object to Socialists.’ Logically it is a poor argument, but it carries weight with many people. As with the Christian religion, the worst advertisement for Socialism is its adherents. 

    The first thing that must strike any outside observer is that Socialism, in its developed form is a theory confined entirely to the middle classes. The typical Socialist is not, as tremulous old ladies imagine, a ferocious-looking working man with greasy overalls and a raucous voice. 

    In addition to this there is the horrible–the really disquieting–prevalence of cranks wherever Socialists are gathered together. One sometimes gets the impression that the mere words ‘Socialism’ and ‘Communism’ draw towards them with magnetic force every fruit-juice drinker, nudist, sandal-wearer, sex-maniac, Quaker, ‘Nature Cure’ quack, pacifist, and feminist in England.

  2. Broadbent saif he has a ‘responsibility” to intervene. Oh yeah? I thought it was oly so save Topp,s poor showing.

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