Mulcair Led NDP 13
Stock you are right about what you cited in the previous thread. The problem is there was no issue with the left wing bona fides of the people about whom you spoke. It is very likely we will see people recruited who just as easily could run for the Libs, or be too friendly to business, or labour. I don't want a bunch of insiders. Its bad enough already that here in Winnipeg North, we were basically told we'll take the National President of the NDP as our candidate, and it doesn't matter what we want. I don't like be told what to do, and I expect more of the same. Push hard enough and I'll stay home with a closed pocket book, and the NDP can go to hell.
As someone who was critical of Mulcair on Babble I have to say I am really liking his performance so far as leader.
This was the Mulcair that I wanted to see in the leadership race...unafraid to make principled, intelligent arguments even if they could cause controversy.
I think my biggest complaing about Mulcair the leadership candidate was his "frontrunner strategy" or playing it safe and vague. I viewed the leadership race as an audition as opposed to a job intreview, and I felt that Mulcair should have been showing us how he would act as leader. And I don't know that he did really.
Looking back now I can appreciate why a front runner would run their campaign that way. Obviously you go with what works. I thought his safe strategy as front runner would translate to playing it safe as leader.
If Mulcair had been acting more like this during the leadership race he would've addressed my concerns.
At this point, I am very impressed and very happy to have him as our leader.
Go Tom Go!
I too have been impressed with Mulcair's performance, although I'd like to hear a clear statement of support from him for the student protests in Montreal. He and the party, in general, have had little to say, so far.
NDP Walks Tightrope on Issue of Quebec Protests
"..Not quite neutral but not ready to overtly take sides, the party is trying to avoid alienating the students and the province's left wing or Premier Jean Charest, with whom NDP leader Thomas Mulcair just recently patched up a long-standing feud.."
run with hare-hunt with hounds
Why does everyone expect Mulcair to solve this, its not his job, he's not Premier, he's not Prime Minister, he has no Authority, the best he can do is moral support at massive cost to the NDP and no gain to students.
No the best he could do is help it spread.
I can't imagine Jack Layton being so silent on the issue of the Quebec students. I think he would have stood amongst them and challenged Charest straight out. But Mulcair ain't Layton. He has strengths which we will come to appreciate in due course.