As they choose a new leader, NDP members will decide what they want their party to be. The two candidates who stand in greatest contrast are Manitoba MP Niki Ashton and newcomer Jagmeet Singh.
There are serious candidates or potential candidates for the leadership of both the Conservatives and the NDP who do not speak French. Does that make sense in 2017?
Here are a half dozen, from a separatist leader quitting to Trudeau elbowing, with trade-skeptical Wallonians and leader-dumping NDP delegates in between. Plus pipelines, a senator, and more.
While most political leaders, excluding Elizabeth May, do not want to address the connection between the Fort McMurray fires and climate change, it doesn't seem to matter to environmentalists... yet.
In the aftermath of Tom Mulcair's crushing repudiation at the NDP's convention, the party enters a period of self-reflection and reinvention that it has never experienced before.
Three challenges await the NDP membership: animating riding associations, renewing party policy, and restructuring the party. It's time to replace trickle-down politics with democratic party politics.
When the NDP chose Tom Mulcair in 2012 it was mostly because he looked like a seasoned pro who knew how to win. When he did not deliver victory, or something close, his days were inevitably numbered.
Maybe ousting Mulcair will prove to be good strategy and help to rebuild and reinvigorate the NDP. Or, perhaps, there will be real costs, like losing the stronghold in Quebec Mulcair helped to build.
Tom Mulcair's defeat in Edmonton was richly deserved. What it signifies is another matter.
Hassan Yussuff did not directly attack NDP leader Mulcair in his speech in Edmonton, but it was impossible to miss the sharp critique between the lines.