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The party announced Friday that balloting in the leadership contest will begin Sept. 18.
I'll remember the absolute grace and humility with which Tom Mulcair addressed the crowd following the vote, calling on us to leave the convention strong and united, and to focus on continuing to be the party that dreams no small dreams.
New Democrats are still wondering what exactly happened.
Rank-and-file members must decide if Thomas Mulcair is the right frontman to revive the party.
One candidate is calling for a "democratic revolution."
This is the second video of Mulcair praising the former British prime minister that has come to light.
"We've got to stop fooling ourselves in Canada."
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Several policy issues will be up for debate at the convention.
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's all part of a broader campaign by supporters from across the country to help Mulcair stay on as NDP leader.
What was supposed to be an exercise in showing how good the NDP could be at managing the public purse and proposing sensible, balanced policies turned into the usual radical, job-killing, tax-raising, disorganized chaos for which the left wing has always been known.
Whomever is in charge of event scheduling for the federal New Democrats ought to be fired today -- how in heavens did the NDP wind up holding its all-important policy convention on the same weekend the Liberals were to crown their new leader? Were Christmas eve and day already booked at the convention centre?
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