Everybody wants to be NDP leader


While Brian Topp picks up the endorsement of Libby Davies, Nathan Cullen will be announcing his candidacy later today.

“We have a chance to reach beyond those who are already onside,” he said in an exclusive interview. “I think there is a much broader progressive movement that is more open to us than in our entire history because of Jack’s legacy, because of some things that have happened to the other parties, the door has opened in Quebec and right across the country.”

Topp, Cullen and Romeo Saganash will be joined by Paul Dewar and Nova Scotia businessman Martin Singh on Sunday. Some or all of Peter Julian, Peggy Nash, Robert Chisholm and Niki Ashton may yet join the race as well. Allowing for the possibility of another candidate or two to emerge and the field could easily total ten contenders.


Everybody wants to be NDP leader

  1. Of course everyone wants to be NDP leader – job requirements not that demanding – have to be able to smile while claiming that kulaks are enemy of proletariat, comrade.

  2. Everyone wants to be a candidate – that doesn’t necessarily mean all of them want to be leader.

    • Damn!  I still have a lot of naivete in me, I see, because I cannot fathom why a person would want to be a candidate and not win it.  In this instance, I mean.  I do understand why local candidates in a riding totally owned by another party would want to stand for their party.

      Can you inject some realism into my rose-coloured glasses?

      • Some of the MPs may have become candidates simply to boost their profile, even though they have almost no chance of winning the leadership.

        Topp seems like an unstoppable juggernaut at this point.  It’s great that so many MPs are running, but most of the other candidates aren’t going to present a serious challenge.

        • Yes, part of the reason for running is to raise one’s profile in the party, and potentially to be positioned as the front-runner, or at least more experienced, the next time around.

          I am not a party insider, but I’m not convinced that in a one-member-one-vote leadership race that anyone has a lock on it.

          • Agree with both comments above – only add that there are some other practical reasons for running even where you don’t expect to win.

            One obvious one is that in additon to raising ones profile, you also get the physical infrastructure in place for a future, more serious run.

            The other reason is the convention – the opportunity to be a potential kingmaker. Garnering what support you can so that you can be in a position to endorse another candidate on the floor of the convention if it goes to a second ballot.

  3. “Some or all of Peter Julian, Peggy Nash, Robert Chisholm and Niki Ashton may yet join the race as well.”

    I didn’t realize people could join the race in part; or partly join the race?

    Would not this construction have sufficed: “Peter Julian, Peggy Nash, Robert Chisholm and Niki Ashton may yet join the race as well.”

  4. Dewar as leader of anything, let alone the NDP? Are you serious?

    Paul Dewar is a featherweight, a nice spineless mama’s boy who’s just not cut out for the big leagues.

    Take, for instance, his appalling performance on the Gatineau Park file. He didn’t even bother to attend the Commons committee meeting studying the government’s bill on the park. Instead, he instructed his NDP colleague on that committee to vote against all the principles he had previously advocated in his own private member’s bill on the park.

    And then, adding insult to injury, he put out a press release saying the government had adopted all his ideas in its bill on Gatineau Park. It didn’t. Not one single idea contained in Dewar’s park bill made it into the government’s legislation.

    A unilingual publicity hound with neither true conviction, nor vision, nor strength, nor ability to rise above being a grade school teacher …

    With apologies to Churchill: “When giants retire, the pygmies will try to take over.”

    • Hmmm, intersting take as it is counter to much of the perceived wisdom on Dewar (I guess that falls under Wells’ Rule #2 of Politics).

      You are also correct that his French is currently not very good but that can change.

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