Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Mulcair set to become NDP leader

Thomas Mulcair will almost certainly emerge as leader of the federal New Democrats at the end of this weekend. Not even former leader Ed Broadbent’s recent attack on the Outremont, Quebec MP will be enough to overcome the lead he’s built over the past several months.

Thomas Mulcair
Picture credit: National Post

Mulcair is a seasoned politician—a former Quebec Liberal cabinet minister and member of Quebec’s national assembly—and is clearly the best choice NDP members have if they wish to maintain the upper hand in Quebec.

Backroom strategist Brian Topp does not come close to matching Mulcair’s personal appeal and political experience, nor do any of the run-of-the-mill MP candidates like Paul Dewar, Peggy Nash and Nathan Cullen.

Dewar, Topp and Nash seem to be defenders of the NDP’s traditional position on the left. This has, in the past, left the centre open to the Grits and Tories to fight over.

Cullen, apparently, believes in an anybody-but-Tory strategy whereby the NDP co-operate with Liberals and Greens by running a single progressive candidate in ridings where the Conservatives dominate. A modified unite-the-left, so to speak.

Thomas Mulcair seems to be the only frontrunner who’s bold enough and pragmatic enough to move the party towards the center where it can go head to head with the Liberals for their traditional voter base.

Unfortunately, Mulcair is said to have a quick temper with his own caucus colleagues. This could be an important issue if he doesn’t win on the first ballot, as other candidates may seem more likable and be favoured as second, third, etc., choices.

In an interview with Postmedia News, Ed Broadbent said he saw a “capacity to reach out to people as individuals” lacking in Mulcair. And, according to Postmedia News, “Broadbent said New Democrats should realize this is an important issue to consider because a leader who is unable to maintain caucus unity eventually loses its trust.”

Not knowing Mulcair personally, I cannot say how likable he is. I will say, however, that a leader need not be likable so long as he is respected and seen as trustworthy. If he is seen as being a winner, the smarter Dippers will pick him, whether they like him or not. 

© 2012 Russell G. Campbell



  1. If he doesn't win,then goodbye Mulcair especially if Topp wins.There's no way that Mulcair would be part of a party that had Topp heading it.There'll also be problems in the party if Mulcair does win.I know it's a win win for the CPC.It's going to be very interesting,and I never thought I'd ever listen to a NDPPQ talk for a minute,let alone watch their convention,but I will.

  2. I don't remember who on SunNews made the observation that the NDP is heading towards electing a provincial liberal as their national leader while the Liberals have a provincial NDPer as their national leader (interim but looking ever more like longer term).

    Odd that. Or maybe not.

  3. I believe they'll chose someone other than Mulcair or Topp.If they chose either one,there's going to be a lot of problems.It may be okay if Mulcair wins,as Topp hasn't a seat and may just fade off into the sunset.Cullen who I can't stand will probably be the winner if not Mulcair.

  4. Ialsothink he will become the next leader of the Offical Opposition. What bothers me is that as potential leader of this great country, one should not hold dual citizenship. "You can have only one master". His loyalty is in question IMHO.

  5. Whatever. None of them will be defending anglo rights in Quebec.

    1. Are there any? … "anglo rights in Quebec," I mean.

  6. I certainly hope Mulcair wins. I figure it will take about five minutes for John Baird to so rile this moonbat that he will shoot off his mouth making his whole caucus look like the idiots that they are.