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‘I am not unfamiliar with politics’

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Brian Topp tackles questions about his political experience.

“I am certainly not unfamiliar with politics. I have not been elected to sit in an NDP caucus, but I have attended more NDP caucus meetings than any of the other prospective candidates who are thinking of standing,” Topp said Wednesday…

“I haven’t stood up in the House of Commons and read a question, but I have written many of them,” Topp said. “I was also in charge of what the government said in reply to them in the province of Saskatchewan for seven years, so I am not unfamiliar with politics.”

A question to which I do not, off the top of my head, have an answer: is there a precedent for a long-time party strategist proceeding directly to the position of party leader?