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Bold is the best way forward for a chastened NDP

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For the first time since 1988, the NDP is back to a familiar role in Ottawa: third party in the House of Commons.

Party leader Tom Mulcair has promised a committee will be struck of party stalwarts to assess shortcomings in the 2015 election campaign.

Acceptance is the fifth stage of grief (after denial, anger, bargaining and depression). Many NDP supporters are not there yet.

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Election 2015: Welcoming the last days of a tyrant

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The way things work in a subordinate capitalist society came to light in Hamilton last week. In an effort to bully its unionized workers, U.S. Steel revealed it was about to shift production from Canada to the United States, 75 cent Canadian dollar or not.

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Overcoming attacks has become Trudeau's narrative this campaign

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A journalist I know who may have seen a few elections too many, was expressing aversion to Justin Trudeau early in the campaign. Trudeau's resumé was skimpy yet he seemed to feel entitled to lead the country. "What people expect is at least some narrative in a candidate's life," he said. I'm not sure Trudeau's bio merits this dismissal but if you really want narrative, you could probably find it in the plot line of the campaign itself. Meaning what?

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| September 22, 2015
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The Greens: A party that plays politics like the others

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After a visit by the Green Party's Elizabeth May to Powell River on July 31, she was quoted in the local newspaper: "There is no chance of a Conservative winning in this riding. It's either going to be a Green or an NDP member of Parliament in this riding."

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A single-issue election: The anti-Harper vote

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By now, under a typical government, a federal election in Canada called on August 2 would nearly be over. But Stephen Harper's fetish for trying to manipulate the public created an 11-week campaign instead of the ordinary 37 days. A seemingly everlasting election gives Harper's Conservatives more time to raise money while exhausting their opponents' bank accounts.

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| August 13, 2015
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The efficient vote to #HeaveSteve

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With less than five months to the next federal election (October 19 is the election date fixed by law), polling by EKOS Research confirms a tight three-way race is underway.

Current EOKS projections show the Conservatives losing their majority in the House of Commons, but winning the most seats.

There are enough Canadian voters who want to "heave Steve" to ensure a Conservative defeat … except that the Canadian electoral system makes votes for winning candidates efficient votes, and consigns votes for losing parties to the dustbin.

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From Israel to ISIS: Harper's 'Orwellian' foreign policy

It's getting difficult to remember a time when the Canadian Parliament actually tried to make principled decisions regarding foreign policy and our place in the community of nations. But we should try. Perhaps a first step in returning to such a time was the decision of the NDP and Liberal Party to oppose Stephen Harper's most recent ill-considered and cynical march to war with his decision to join the bombing of Iraq.

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