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Lac-St. Jean federal byelection, October 23

Thought this should have its own thread, since it will be the first electoral test for the NDP since Jagmeet Singh's election as leader. 

Anybody here been observing the campaign there?

​On paper, it looks as though the Les Dippers should have a chance of a pick-up, since they only lost by six points there in 2015 and it was one of the rare Quebec ridings where the NDP vote actually increased slightly that year.

Does anybody know if Jagmeet is planning to appear in the riding, or if there's a feeling that it would do more harm than good to have him show up there?

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2019 Federal Election

Didn't take the Greens long to start attacking the new leader of the NDP. Yikes!


May Lectures Singh Again, This Time for Not ‘Rushing’ for a Seat

Green leader thinks too many Canadians confuse their system with US ‘popularity contest.’

Elizabeth May and Jagmeet Singh

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It’s time for the NDP to end its ideological loyalty test

"But despite serving loyally in the Ontario provincial arm of the NDP, Singh faced constant scrutiny of his commitment to NDP values in the open town-hall meetings—and in the anonymity of Facebook groups and comment pages. From his secularism to his three-piece suits, the NDP membership subjected Singh to the equivalent of an ideological frisking: he was accused of being a closeted Liberal, padding the party membership with fellow Sikhs, and being unable or unwilling to stand up against religion-based intolerance and defend secular values due to his own faith.

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Your questions for Charlie Angus Q&A early next week!

Hello babblers,

I've just had word from Charlie Angus's team that he'll be available for a Q&A tomorrow, time yet to be confirmed.

I know this is a tight timeline, but please submit your questions here ASAP. We'll pick the six or seven that best represent a diversity of views, will send them to Charlie's team, and then post the answers in a live thread tomorrow.

Edited to add: Charlie is ill and won't be able to do our Q&A until early next week. We wish him well and look forward to our dialogue with him.

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Live Q&A with Niki Ashton Tuesday September 26, 8pm

Hey folks,

I'm super  pleased to announce that we will be hosting Niki Ashton in a live Q&A this coming Tuesday from 8 to 9pm. We've selected six or seven questions from all of you and those will be answered over the course of an hour. If we're really efficient, there may be time to pose questions real time. We're also in the process of booking Q&As with the other candidates, so get your questions ready for them. 

I'm going to keep this thread closed until shortly before the event, so if you have any questions, please don't hesitate to message me. 

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Why is it Trudeau can get away with this?

Trudeau started his day Tuesday at the Bloomberg Global Forum, where he shared the stage with the International Monetary Fund's Christine Lagarde; the prime minister of the Netherlands, Mark Rutte; Larry Fink, the CEO of Blackrock USA; and Steve Schwarzman of the Blackstone Group.

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Say Something Nice About Your Leadership Opponent

So the NDP leadership vote is upon us, and essentially all there is to do now is wait for the ballots to be counted. We have had many passionate discussions and disagreements, and there are bound to be people unhappy with the outcome no matter what. That said, we are all (presumably) on the same side and will hopefully all be pulling in the same direction to take on Trudeau and Scheer. In that spirit, I decided to start a thread where we can say something we admire about leadership candidates we oppose. I'll start:

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NDP Showcase Drinking Game

So to have a little fun, I thought I'd put together a little drinking game based on candidate talking points for tomorrow. For those who are drinkers, you have to take a drink when the following candidates say:

Ashton: "millenial" or "precarious work"

Caron: "basic income"

Singh: "love and courage"

Any other lines that would be suitable?

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Liberal MP Arnold Chan dies at the age of 50

Thursday, September 14, 2017

OTTAWA -- Liberal MP Arnold Chan, who had been battling cancer, has died at the age of 50.

Chan's nasopharyngeal carcinoma, a rare head and neck cancer, resurfaced in 2016 after first being diagnosed in 2014.

Chan, 50, represented the riding of Scarborough-Agincourt, Ont. He was the deputy government House leader.


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