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"I am talking about a geopolitical shift in the NDP universe on a scale that was seen in 2011."
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Luckily for the NDP, unlike the Democrats south of the border, they can scrap their party's name and orange motif without much blowback. And they should. The party's image is irreparable, tattered from years of negative election results and cemented in a state of mediocrity.
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My life's story has always been about working with people, finding common ground, and delivering real results. I have the political experience we need to proudly bring our Scarborough-Rouge River voice to Kathleen Wynne's Liberal government and deliver on the transit, health care, education and opportunities that will make us stronger. I'm standing up for the progress we've made in Ontario, and the progress we need to make for a brighter future. I look forward to the opportunity to fight with, not against, Kathleen Wynne on her progressive agenda as part of her activist government. Together, we will continue to make progress.
This weekend, the NDP is meeting in Edmonton to decide their direction moving forward. Eugene Levy once complained about filming a season of SCTV in Edmonton because "It's Edmonton." While I'm sure it's a great city, this is a party who is dreading at the Big E. The election of the past year saw an early lead blown, notable key members of the party lose their seats in the House of Commons, and a third place finish for Tom Mulcair's rookie federal election run. As the NDP head to the Gateway to the North, it's time to begin paving the highway towards the future.
A tweet from Thomas Mulcair marked the fourth anniversary of Layton's death on Saturday.
The NDP leader is rebuffing suggestions he is an 'imposter' in the party.
"If anything, his absence pushes us to be better."
The late NDP leader is “watching over every one of us.”
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Thomas Mulcair, by his own admission, is no Jack Layton. Yet, since he took over as NDP leader in 2012, Mulcair has often been compared to his predecessor who led New Democrats to official opposition...
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His great-great-uncle, William Henry Steeves, was a father of Canadian Confederation. (Source) He married his first wife, Sally Halford, at age 19. They were high school sweethearts. (Source) He wa...
Make no mistake, everyone on that list is worthy of inclusion. They all made great contributions to our country and our world. But where are the women and non-whites who have contributed just as much? A pantheon so steadfastly monochromatic and male hardly reflects the diverse and multicultural nation we claim to be.
Canada Day is a great time for political junkies to debate which prime minister made the biggest impact on the nation we love. Pierre Trudeau? John A. Macdonald? Lester B. Pearson? Many stories will r...
OTTAWA - Canadians have handed the Harper government a Top 10 list of the country's greatest heroes, featuring some of the Conservative party's greatest adversaries, past and present.The list, compile...
TORONTO - Ontario NDP Leader Andrea Horwath aligned her campaign Monday with the federal New Democrats, invoking the late Jack Layton's legacy as another former party leader came to her defence follow...
So what is my beef with the institute? It is that, while the institutes eloquently preaches high standard for public discussions on a slew of issues and demands better destinations for others, it is an elitist institutions that does not look like Canada. Just look at its employees and the board membership of the institute for instance.
So apparently Justin Trudeau fancies himself the next Jack Layton. How adorable. On Monday night he told a crowd of supporters "make no mistake, the NDP is no longer the hopeful, optimistic party of Jack Layton... it is the Liberal party tonight that proved hope is stronger than fear...." When Jack spoke of "hope" and "optimism," he was envisioning a leadership rooted in substance. Jack was hopeful that policies could be embraced based on principle, not on what the latest poll told you to believe. A word of caution to Justin Trudeau: I knew Jack Layton. Jack Layton was a friend of mine. And you sir, are no Jack Layton.
Justin Trudeau has been accused of crossing a line by paraphrasing the last words of late NDP leader Jack Layton shortly after Liberals won the Bourassa byelection on Monday night. Trudeau told suppor...
I must confess that there was an awful lot about Canada's 2011 General Election I simply didn't "get." But I certainly didn't get why Michael Ignatieff, a perfectly ordinary if uninspired Canadian party boss, stirred such loathing his Liberals plunged to a historically unprecedented third-place standing. And neither, it seems, does he.
Today the NDP and Liberals disagree about marijuana, but Jack Layton once sounded a lot like Justin Trudeau on the subject of legalization. In a 2003 interview with marijuana activist Marc Emery, the...
Jack Layton was a die-hard Trekkie, and had his own custom-made Trekkie uniform that he wore at conventions. He was a musician, and loved to gather his friends and colleagues, singing songs from the 1960s. He would encourage everyone to sing, even if you didn't know the words. He wore funky glasses and blue jeans. He kept his hair long.
The week Jack died, I watched in awe as Torontonians came together to share their love for Jack. Our famously cold, unfriendly city began to bare its soul in chalk messages written all over Nathan Phillips Square. When thunderstorms washed away the chalk, the people came back and filled the square with writing all over again. I have rarely seen something more beautiful than that.
TORONTO - Family members gathering to pay tribute to Jack Layton's life and legacy say that a bronze statue unveiled Thursday on the Toronto waterfront brought back "a flood of joyous memories."The li...
Tired of the bitterness and rancor of U.S. politics? Wouldn't it be nice if Americans weren't subjected to the nauseating likes of Mitch McConnell, Lindsay Graham, Eric Cantor, Fox News, or John Boehn...
VANCOUVER - He died almost two years ago, but every day in British Columbia's election campaign Jack Layton seems to make some kind of appearance, whether it be in a stump speech, a ghost-like moment...
MONTREAL - The NDP reached for modern and moderate symbols at its policy convention Friday, showcasing an American economist, a high-flying entrepreneur and the party's social-media know-how.A showcas...
There's always been a back-and-forth in Canadian politics. Every few terms, the public would tire of either the Conservative or Liberal party and vote the other one into power. It's the same around th...
OTTAWA - NDP brass are taking a second shot at jettisoning some of the socialist baggage that many — including party leader Tom Mulcair — feel might hold them back in the next federal election.A commi...
By sanitizing and canonizing Jack Layton, CBC's "Jack" biopic did a disservice to the man. And it was mediocre TV. Even the portrayal of the thrilling 2011 election campaign lacked tension and drama when in reality, the actual campaign was a wild and exciting ride. A missed opportunity for CBC.
It's been two years since the death of former NDP leader Jack Layton, but the Canadian public is still fascinated by his story. In a country where politicians are usually kept at arm's length (or at...
TORONTO - Olivia Chow says she hopes an upcoming CBC biopic about late New Democratic leader Jack Layton inspires viewers to "live in a hopeful and loving way."Layton's widow made the remarks followin...
The words of Jack Layton’s final letter to Canadians ring throughout the preview of Jack, a biopic of the former NDP leader. “My friends, love is better than anger. Hope is better than fear.” CBC’s sn...
Mulcair has made his party and himself invisible while moving his party so far to the right in the blind pursuit of power and it is becoming impossible to distinguish it from the Harper Conservatives. I bet Jack Layton would have been disappointed. For the late beloved leader, he would have settled for continuing to be the "Conscience of the House" rather than sell the soul of the party via a short cut to power.