Ottawa

Speaking to those who aren't in the room

Nathan Cullen talks to the Canadian Press.

“In a sense I’m doing something quite bold or, depends on your point of view, risky. I’m speaking past the existing party membership … I understand people who will say, ‘This is an offence to me as a New Democrat’ but I’m also going to fill the room with people who have never been in the room before.”

He said backroom players in all parties tend to believe politics “is war, you have to knee-cap your opponent, aggression is the only thing that pays off.” He begs to differ. “Turning voters off, particularly young voters, does a disservice to all of us … We’re not generous enough in our politics.”