From the magazine

From this week’s print edition, the inside story of the NDP campaign, as reported by John Geddes and I.

The last thing anyone expected from Thomas Mulcair in the race for the NDP leadership was a charm offensive. Sharp debating skills, sure. Divisive messaging, more than likely. But the Quebec MP routinely characterized as a tough customer was hardly thought likely to better his rivals in a contest of interpersonal skills. Yet there he was on the last Saturday of January, a couple of weeks before the watershed point when his dominance of the campaign became clear, winning a potential key new backer over breakfast at Halifax’s venerable Victory Arms Pub.

I’ve got a bit more from my notebook that I’ll post here next week. My notes on the Topp campaign are here.




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  1. “ But the Quebec MP routinely characterized as a tough customer was hardly thought likely to better his rivals in a contest of interpersonal skills. ”

    This is good example of why our public debates are dire. Journos are stuck on Mulcair is mean/angry and that’s all he is apparently. Mulcair is a successful pol who has risen quite high and he didn’t get as far as he has by just being shouty. 

    I don’t doubt Mulcair is angry guy but I bet he’s also happy, charming, intelligent … etc when he isn’t angry. Quebec chattering classes seem comfortable enough with Mulcair and they wouldn’t be if Mulcair was the hooligan that he’s being painted as in English Canada.

  2. “as reported by John Geddes and I.”

    Object of the preopostion takes the objective case.

    • Forgot to add the correction:

      “by John Geddes and me.”

      At least you didn’t say “myself.”

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