Monday, November 09, 2015

On open questions

I've previously criticized the attempts of outside commentators to push Thomas Mulcair out the door as NDP leader. By the same token, though, I'll note that it's equally inappropriate to try to immediately declare that there won't be any review of Mulcair's leadership before the next federal election - which seems to be the spin some people are putting on the aftermath of this fall's election (if not exactly the party's own message).

To be clear, it's fine for Mulcair to make a personal commitment to run given the opportunity to do so. But it's ultimately up to NDP members to decide. And the party's ability to hold the Libs to account and win progressive policies in the new Parliament - reflecting its adaptation to a new political environment under Mulcair - figure to be the decisive factors in that choice.

1 comment:

  1. Anonymous10:35 AM

    "Jim Balsillie warns that provisions tucked into the Trans-Pacific Partnership could cost Canada hundreds of billions of dollars — and eventually make signing it the worst public policy decision in the country's history."

    Mr. Mulcair and the NDP were very clear during the election campaign that they would reject the TPP (regardless of what some commentators say). The copyright and patent restrictions of the TPP, to which Mr. Balsillie refers, have very serious implications for Canadians.

    And why did the NDP lose in the campaign? I don't know. Might as well blame the alignment of the planets.