Tuesday, October 04, 2011

NDP Leadership Roundup

A few very quick updates since my last commentary on the NDP leadership race...

Martin Singh, Nathan Cullen and Paul Dewar are in, while Thomas Mulcair should be shortly (with Phil Edmonston's endorsement). Brian Topp's new endorsers include Libby Davies and Shirley Douglas among others.

But the most important development of the last little while is what seems to me a relatively surprising announcement that Peter Julian won't pursue the leadership. That's so both because he'd already managed to earn several key caucus endorsements, and because his combination of a British Columbia base, organizing experience in Quebec, the potential to win over ethnic communities around other urban areas and strong issue identification looked to give him as plausible a path to victory as anybody.

With Julian not running, several groups of voters who figured to end up in his camp may be up for grabs - and it's not at all clear that the candidates who have joined the race so far are great fits to win them over. Which means that I for one will very much be hoping for another larger name or two to enter the race.


  1. leftdog6:20 p.m.

    Romeo Saganash is also officially ru

  2. leftdog6:20 p.m.

    Romeo Saganash is also officially running for leader: