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Is the NDP tearing itself apart yet? How bout now?

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Globe and Mail, April 30The push for a merger between the Liberal Party and the NDP has quickly become a major issue among the growing field of candidates to replace Jack Layton, threatening the steely discipline and tight focus that propelled the New Democrats to unprecedented standing in Ottawa.

Globe and Mail, September 4. The first clean split among federal New Democrats since Jack Layton passed away last month rests on an issue that strikes at the historical heart of the party: the role of union members in choosing the next leader.

Globe and Mail, September 14NDP caucus members running to replace Jack Layton will have to quit their positions as critics or committee chairs, according to rules unveiled Wednesday by Interim Leader Nycole Turmel. But the interpretation of those rules has created confusion in the NDP caucus … With the race only just begun, tension is already mounting within caucus.