No one should have been completely surprised that the Conservatives were appealing to voters in the rest of Canada, given Québec's declining weight in the federation.
Mulcair is reputed to have a quick and unpredictable temper, which makes him exciting, but he also seems to look beyond the present. He's said that if the NDP ever wants to form the government, it must be prepared to "do things differently." That sounds like an innovative guy who is anxious to break fresh ground.
Applause lines are those bits in a speech designed to get an audience cheering and clapping with approval that you see on the evening news. So what's the problem? Well, the NDP leadership candidates will be tempted to come up with an applause line that's also highly partisan and ideologically-oriented.
British Columbia NDP MP Nathan Cullen jumped into the NDP leadership race Friday just as rival Brian Topp collected the endorsement
NDP leadership front-runner Brian Topp insisted Friday he wants a clean race, just as two of his supporters challenged the
Just like with cards, you need money to play the game of politics. Raising enough cash to mount a successful bid for the
UPDATE: Brian Topp has resigned as NDP party president and officially registered as a candidate, according to the NDP. A
As the NDP looks to reinvent itself as Quebec's party, let's pause for a moment and consider what that actually means: advocacy for La Belle Province, modest flirtation with separatist positions, and bilingual frontrunners (both Mulcair and Topp speak French). And here is what it doesn't involve: a full court effort to outflank separatists.
UPDATE: Speaking to reporters Monday morning, NDP House leader Thomas Mulcair repeated what he told Huffington Post Canada
Any time a leadership race becomes a contest of two heavyweights, there is the risk that each side and their supporters will drag out the vote to a bitter conclusion. That leaves room for the 'Stephane Dion' factor to come into play.