A personal opinion:
Well we did it. Voted in the NDP race. As you can see it took a bit of fine tuning to get to the final decision – one you folks will not see, due the sanctity of the secret ballot – but perhaps you may guess. The reasoning behind this strange and unconventional choice is simple. The success of the NDP in the last election, in my opinion, was due to Jack Layton – he was the NDP, and in this age of personality politics when he died so did the votes of many of his voters. If that is the premise then what the NDP needs is a new look, the old look kept the party at 17% for years. The new look is not old faces but new ones consequently all but one over the age of 50 did not make my list. The party cannot rely on aging boomers and the usual leftists. The policies of the NDP are fundamentally sound and need a new package and a new leader to present them. The younger candidates can relate to the younger voters a lot better than a leader who is on a pension and reminds them of their grandparents, no matter what they are saying.
So of the candidates under the fifty line, who can do it for me? Two will do it admirably well but for different reasons. Nathan Cullen is pushing the idea of electoral collusion, an idea that I like, unite the left, and govern as a coalition when in power. Paul Dewar does not subscribe to that solution to getting rid of the Tories but prefers to rely on community organising and the power of persuasion a much harder path to power. PD was my number one choice, and that is no surprise. I am not put off by his bad French. He will improve just as Jean Chretien improved but he will attain a much better level of fluency. Niki Ashton has to grow into her role as a power in the party and has plenty of time. Thomas Mulcair is in the mix, as insurance, even though he runs against the fifty rule because of the stature he has in the party and in Quebec. I like the passion he displays even if he does need, as his critics say, “Anger Management” the official opposition needs a dragon who breathes fire to take on the sleazy, slimy scumbags on the government benches.
Who will eventually win is beyond my predictive powers, but unless the voters who were attracted to Layton see no real change from the present dated outlook presented by ‘old-style’ leadership then those votes are lost. It is going to be interesting when the HoC gets back and the NDP has an actual leader across from PMSH.
Now for other blogger’s opinions:
- Hill Queeries
- Progressive Proselytizing
- Accidental Deliberations
- Curiosity Cat – Cullen’s two-punch plan