NDP Leader Thomas Mulcair is sticking around for a while and will keep on bringing down the House. Earlier this month, members of the NDP rejected his bid to stay on as the party's leader, voting 52 p...
"I am so honoured to have led this party through this federal election and so humbled in front of the effort that was deployed here in British Columbia,'' Mulcair said.
There's an orange ripple that's forcing Canadians to take a second-look at the NDP, pollsters say.
Sometimes it feels like the NDP MPs are still nursing their hangover from the election-night party two years ago. They need to sober up, and soon. Canadians are still waiting for the full weight of the Official Opposition to be pressed against the Conservatives.
This blog isn't about the history of the Dippers, the storied beginning of the New Democratic Party here in Canada and where we got to where we are today. This is more-so a heads-up for Mulcair to pack up his proverbial desk, give up the guise of being the leader of the NDP and go away.
Thomas Mulcair's prescription is to make "polluters pay" and that the natural resources industry should fully account for its pollution. And then what? How is that going to reduce pressure on the dollar? How does that help other industries? Does he want to implement a selective "polluter pays" policy that target only the natural resources sector and exclude the manufacturing sector?
Earlier today, the Canadian Press Harris Decima survey revealed a surge for the federal NDP and its new centrist leader, Thomas Mulcair. For the NDP that once viewed Ed Broadbent's triumph of 43 seats in the Free Trade referendum like federal election of 1987, this must be an inspiring moment.
The real battle begins today with Mulcair's chosen team in place. Let us not forget the NDP are supposed to be the government-in-waiting and it will be interesting to see how Mulcair's shadow cabinet performs in a head-to-head match up with Conservative ministers.
There seems to be consensus among political commentators that Thomas Mulcair is better placed than the leadership candidates he defeated to keep Quebec in the NDP fold. However, how much of the ability of the NDP to keep its Quebec seats is in Mulcair's hands?
Instead of reading Marx, Mulcair probably studies political polls. What does it all mean? Well, it means the stodgy, class warfare, Solidarity Forever NDP is gone forever, relegated like Edsels, mood rings and Nehru jackets to the dustbin of history. This time the question was: Who can beat Prime Minister Stephen Harper?
The media seem obsessed with the difficulty of creating party unity and "healing the wounds" of the campaign. I really don't get a sense there will be a lot of wounds. The opportunity for growth will surely make the party put aside their differences and work together under Thomas Mulcair's leadership.
Mulcair, throughout his career, has displayed the Harper-esque confidence, stubbornness, and vitriol that can allow a supposed underdog to keep fighting until he wins -- as Harper did. Thomas Mulcair is not Stephen Harper, but, he may just be the closest thing the NDP has ever had to him.
TORONTO - In many ways, the dust has yet to settle on last May's federal election that gave Conservatives their first majority government in a generation and New Democrats their first-ever crack at of...
The real campaign being waged in a leadership race happens a long way away from the television debates and the convention floor. It's waged in community centres in Surrey B.C. and Longeuil, bars in Halifax and Biggar, and on the phone every day. The ground game is political trench warfare.
Should Thomas Mulcair lose the big race on Saturday, Monday's editorial pages will doubtlessly be filled with all manner of convoluted post-mortems as the punditocracy struggles to find the reason their golden boy's party turned against him.
If Mulcair doesn't win, the pundit class tells us that Quebec will go back to the Bloc and we'll be worse off than we were before. Is that even true? And how do all these calculations change if Bob Rae doesn't step down as planned? All I know is, I'm kind of glad I'm not voting in this one.
There is the possibility that a Mulcair-led NDP could open up space for the Liberals as the principled centre-left alternative. With Conservatives who see the federal government's role as more about building prisons and fighter jets than providing social programs, and an NDP beholden to separatist forces in Quebec, there is a worrying lack of national vision in Canadian politics.
In the latest NDP leadership debate, Thomas Mulcair as the perceived front-runner was the target of a number of barbs thrown his way, all of which imply he isn't a true believer in the NDP. Questioning Mulcair's NDP credentials makes for an interesting attack point in a debate, but what happens if your pseudo NDPer wins?
OTTAWA - Is Martin Singh playing the role of Thomas Mulcair's attack dog?Rival camps in the NDP leadership contest certainly think so, although Mulcair's adamantly denies it.For weeks there's been ram...