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The Slogan War – A Bitter New Democrat Bloodsport.

Andrew Vaughn/The Canadian Press Canadian Leadership. Travaillons Ensemble. Those are some damn good slogans. Whoever replaces Jack has got to be capable of crafting an equally brilliant two-word platform. Robert Chisholm – A Real Leader. Ryan Taplin/Metro News In a stunningly creative move, Chisholm has gone for ‘A Real Leader’ – finally calling out all […]

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Not much omph at the NDP leadership debate

The next phase of the New Democratic leadership race limped out of the starting gate Sunday afternoon in Ottawa. The nine hopefuls vying to replace Jack Layton spent most of the two hours “agreeing violently,” as Nathan Cullen put it. From the dire situation in Attawapiskat to the manufacturing sector and green collar jobs — the candidates […]

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NDP Leadership Debate #1: Inequality! Sustainability! And – ZzZzZzZ.

Photo: Chris Zacchia at http://www.forgetthebox.net The great Canadian left-wing Jack Layton memorial competition euphoria broke out of its hibernation this afternoon, and into the bold new world of niceties, talking points and pleasant agreement on everything. That’s right, the first installation of the oh-my-god-there-are-at-least-five-more-of-these debates came (and went) with a wimper this afternoon in Ottawa. Your’s truly […]

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NDP Debate Season: Complete With Bread Analogies!

The 9-headed pack of social democratic do-gooders is set to take the stage this afternoon for tea, crumpets and debates about monetary policy and trade relationships. Aside from the Macy’s Day Parade, this’ll be the most fun sunday afternoon all year. So what should we be expecting from the candidates? Thomas Mulcair The anointed front-runner that never […]

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Taxing the Topp Earners

Yes, I made a Brian Topp pun. This week, the Commie-Pinko candidate announced his new plan to redistribute the wealth and punish rich people. His press release of Communism details his quest to destroy Canada (in three parts!) A new federal income tax bracket of 35% on income in excess of $250,000 A new and […]

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A Five Point Guide to Shooting Yourself in Both Feet: The New Democrat Story.

So maybe you’re curious as to exactly what the hell Canada’s new official opposition is doing in Ottawa. And if you’re been paying attention, you can tell it’s totally working. Assuming ‘working’ is code for ‘doing very poorly.’ New polls show that the NDP is back in its historical homeland of third place. Don’t worry, says leadership […]

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Regionalism and the NDP Leadership Race: Operation ‘God-I-Hope-Andrea-Horwath-Endorses-Me’

Well, we have a full slate for the NDP leadership race. With Peggy Nash jumping in the deep end, and Robert Chisholm wading in slowly, and will-she-or-won’t-she candidate Nikki Ashton finally throwing her proverbial hat in the ring, we have a real race on our hands. If we turn and look at our NDP leadership race […]

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Rumors of Thomas Mulcair’s Demise Have Been Greatly Understated

The great New Democrat succession competition is now two months old. The field is crowded. All the candidates have announced their intentions (Pat Martin’s pussyfooting aside) – so why is Thomas Mulcair’s campaign already dead in the water? Since the member for Outremont took to the stage with 33 fellow MPs in Côte-des-Neiges last month, […]

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All eyes on Thomas Mulcair, but does he stand a chance?

On Thursday Thomas Mulcair convened roughly 200 supporters, 30 members of parliament and a grumpy mass of journalists for a “special announcement.” Despite his coy foreplay over the past several weeks, I think there was a collective sigh of relief in the room when he finally announced he was running for leader. Flanked by a gaggle of predominately Quebec MPs, […]

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An open letter regarding the straight, white dudes running to lead the NDP

Dear Canada, Hey, listen, I don’t mean to interrupt the coronation and/or dogfight between Thomas Mulcair and Brian Topp (henceforth referred to as Mul-Topp) – but do you mind if we start talking about some of the other potential candidates? Given that we Canadians do love to toot the horn of multiculturalism and equality whenever […]

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