For some incomprehensible reason, there's apparently a move within some quarters of the New Democratic Party to organize a short, swift leadership contest with the vote coming in January. This would be a mistake -- and to suggest, as some do, that it's what Jack Layton wanted, is simply wrong.
Look at the absolutely unprecedented opportunity the NDP now has, building on the recent week-long celebration, so much of it spontaneous, of Jack's life, work and values. It can:
- build the party;
- greatly increase the membership;
- give prospective candidates enough time to make a thoughtful decision;
- give MPs who enter the contest enough time to campaign;
- give new MPs from Quebec the time to develop viable riding associations;