Public split with Alberta NDP.
Some loyalists had tears in their eyes.
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Alberta New Democrats ripped into the leader for not speaking up for pipelines and for feeding ammunition to their critics.
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.
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This is the second video of Mulcair praising the former British prime minister that has come to light.
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If Tom gets dumped on Sunday, I'll join that chorus because I can't think of anything more Liberal than filling our leader's back with knives, then throwing him under the bus. We will still be left with all the structural problems Tom inherited along with a host of new ones. I believe we need to be focused on fixing our party, on democratizing the crafting of our platform, on reconnecting our movement to our party, on weaning the central campaign off our riding rebates so we can effectively build riding associations and campaigns that can compete locally with the other parties.
The most important thing is for the NDP to not limp along and slip into irrelevance, but to boldly rebuild. Canada needs the NDP. But it needs an NDP that is both inspiring and competent, visionary and responsible, principled and practical. The many dedicated NDP activists need to know what happens now. Where is the NDP headed and how do they fit in to the big picture? What are the concrete plans to rebuild? Which brings me to the leadership question. The Leader too has to share the blame and Tom Mulcair has acknowledged this.
It is a critical time for New Democrats, who are reeling from the pain of their election loss.
"We have a lot of work ahead of us, and the leadership review is part of that."
“I shared the sadness and the disappointment of many people. But now, I’m encouraged by what I see across the country.”
The party is preparing for a caucus retreat in Montebello, Que., this week.
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Mulcair says he is still committed to leading the NDP despite a devastating election outcome.
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