Quebec wants in


NDP membership is concentrated in the western provinces and the party’s Quebec wing wants time to catch up before a leadership vote.

While 59 of the 103 NDP seats are located in Quebec, the party now has only 1,700 members in the province. By contrast, the party has 85,000 members in the rest of the country, meaning the Quebec contingent could be minuscule at the party convention unless leadership candidates have a long period to attract new members to the party.

“We don’t want a race that excludes Quebec,” Raoul Gebert, the president of the Quebec wing, said in an interview. “That’s my preoccupation; we want a race that occurs in Quebec as much as elsewhere.”

Meanwhile, you can add Nathan Cullen to the list of those considering a run for leader.


Quebec wants in

  1. More likely, the executive will bring in some regional ponderation to the OMOV process, bypassing what the membership adopted in congress.  Quebeckers would not be the only ones wanting to choose the next leader of the opposition.  The NPD now has about 86,500 members across Canada, including 1,700 members in Quebec.  When the Alberta Progressive Conservatives elected Stelmach as their leader a few years ago,  97,000 Albertans voted, many lining up to become members so they would have a chance to vote directly to elect a premier (there is another lesson there). One could be a member of the Conservative Party or the LPC, give it up for the time being, take up membership in the NPD for twenty bucks or so and vote to choose a leader. If it is not unethical for Madame Turmel to have been a member of two federal parties at once, it shouldn’t be unethical for committed Liberals or Conservatives to do likewise. Or simply be a committed Con or Lib voter and take up an NDP card.  Nobody can force you to remain a member. Nah, the executive will overule the OMOV resolution.

  2. Early in new year is January and later in the year is Feb? Sounds like Topp is eager to not let too many Que types become members. 

    Interesting battle ahead. Layton was beloved by progressives because he was able to keep a grin on his face at all times while many progs are misanthropes who can’t hide disdain for others. 

    I wish we had a proper msm that reported what was actually occurring instead of treating press releases and spokespeople as sacrosanct and not reporting anything else. Everything Government types tell us is lie – or less than entirely accurate – yet our msm doesn’t reflect that.

    Very peculiar, I always wonder who msm think they are working for and what their job is. 

    Orwell ~ Road To Wigan Pier:

    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 ….. usually a secret teetotaller and often with vegetarian leanings, with a history of Nonconformity behind him, and, above all, with a social position which he has no intention of forfeiting …. 

    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.

  3. I think Nathan Cullen is an excellent candidate.  I think we need to look at the fact that 1/3 of the members in BC are members because they truly believe and helped meld the NDP policies.  Not because they are vying for a bid for leadership.

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