The four candidate vying for the leadership of the national party provided feeble answers to that question.
At stake in the niqab debate is Canada's and the NDP's commitment to the equality and dignity of persons and the freedom of expression, freedom of association and freedom of religion.
Since NDP leadership candidate Guy Caron provoked this uncomfortable but necessary debate, New Democrats on twitter or other social media have equated secularism with racism.
In 2015 Liberals overtook the NDP as the progressive alternative to Conservatives because the NDP didn't put forward a fiscal plan to pay for ambitious improvements to public services, income support.
There is a giant, Quebec-sized hole in the NDP leadership debate. The four candidates have said nearly nothing about Quebec, either in their platforms or during the debates.
Socialism is no longer a dirty word and left-wing parties have valuable lessons to learn from authentic candidates who were able to attract the youth vote.
The Liberal government finally introduced its pot legalization legislation, which contains many law-and-order measures to placate the many who are concerned about the impact of legal dope.
It takes a courageous movement to build an unapologetic left-wing alternative for all the communities within Canada.
The four declared candidates for the NDP leadership debated again in Montreal on Sunday. They knocked Trudeau for failing to live up to promises to young Canadians.
This year's inaugural effort has resulted in a relatively short document that seeks to lay the foundation for what future Alberta budgets might look like.