Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Strength in diversity

I'll deal in more detail with the prospect of Pat Martin running for the NDP's leadership as a pro-merger candidate. But before getting into its ultimate significance, let's note how the media's coverage distorts what Martin's trial balloon actually figures to mean.

No, the prospect of different views being represented in a leadership campaign - on the possibility of merger or other issues - isn't a threat to party unity. Instead, it's exactly what any party should want in ensuring that different ideas are fully debated among its membership and disparate points of view are represented in deciding on its future direction. And whether or not Martin or another candidate gains any traction from the idea, the NDP should be stronger for its being one of many subjects of discussion in advance of a leadership convention.

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