NDP insiders say the caucus responded positively to the decision due to Dewar's positive rapport in and outside the party.
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"I'd always been a person who stood up for his convictions."
In 2004, I was disallowed from boarding an Air Canada flight from Vancouver to Victoria. Since then, I have spent many years trying to get answers from the federal government as to why this happened. The NDP have pressed successive Liberal and Conservative governments to provide me answers.
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With a lead in the polls, Thomas Mulcair fell victim to the Conservative definition of the NDP as fiscally irresponsible and led with a promise to balance the budget. After years of austerity measures, that rightward fiscal turn felt to many like a betrayal of NDP values in search of a few votes. And by the time the NDP started plummeting in the polls and Mulcair reasserted their progressive position, it was too little, too late.
Politics is theatre on a grand scale. People go to the theatre neither to watch the actors nor to listen to them. They want to be transported into the world of the play: to suspend disbelief. The politician who can evoke an emotional response is the politician we will inevitably favour.
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Eleven weeks later, here we are.
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"This is a very, very basic difference and the choice between a Conservative government and a Liberal government."
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Right now, there is significant movement among progressive voters to undertake strategic voting to support the leading opposition candidate, generally a Liberal or NDPer, in each riding to ensure the ouster of the Harper Conservatives.
Running for the Marxist-Leninist Party of Canada doesn't grab Mike Taffarel a lot of votes.
"I believe that the other three parties - which I call the 'Bloc Canada' - are basically the same on many, many issues."
On Sept. 17 a group of prominent Arab and Muslim organizations from across Canada got together and sent a letter* to the leaders of the five main federal parties: Conservatives, NDP, Liberals, Bloc Quebecois and Green Party.
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The NDP's Tom Mulcair seeks to build on the electoral success Jack Layton built. Can he do it?
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During the federal candidates forum in my riding I noticed that both the NDP and Conservative candidates didn't mention their leader's name. It wasn't surprising. It's been hard differentiating between the campaigns of Thomas Mulcair and Stephen Harper.
Without sounding obvious, it all starts and stops with you. Your behaviour does impact what will happen. How you choose to discuss issues with others does have influence. How you choose to collect information to inform your decision does inspire the end result. And in the end, it does come down to this. Choose to vote and something will happen. Choose not to vote and something different will happen.