NDP to unite under new leader
The Federal NDP will soon be selecting its new leader. The slow exit of Thomas Mulcair will be complete. There are four capable candidates on the ballot, but only one can take that seat.
If you listen carefully, there is noise amongst some members suggesting that the party will be hopeless if candidate X wins, so vote candidate Y.
Policy is set by members when they adopt such positions at the federal conventions struck for such reasons. So while the various candidates have nuanced differences between themselves on how they'd handle each policy matter, in the end - we're just choosing the captain for the team.
I've been a member since 1995 and campaigned on every election since then. We're a movement more than a party. And the movement we represent is larger than any one person.
Other parties center their narrative around the personality of the leader. This is why it's easy for them to oust a leader with a new face, and call it "renewal". With the NDP, it's the ideals we carry and we choose the leader we deem best suited to represent the whole team.
Though federally we've had limited success, we have been on the right side of history.
I am confident that after the new leader is in place, the NDP will remain united and grow.
The Conservatives have chosen a social conservative who espouses trickle down economics. Both of which are off side with Canadians and on the economic front, proven to already fail.
The Liberals with their celebrity leader have proven to be excellent at marketing, terrible at the product. They figuratively campaigned on a platform left of the NDP and are delivering to the right of the previous Liberal government. When you campaign on the slogan of Real Change, it's no wonder why voters get cynical at politicians.
When folks say "..politicians say what they think you want to hear, do what they want anyways.." they mean Federal Liberal.
Conservatives out of touch, Liberals saying whatever they want, Canadians will be ready for *actual* change.
NDP's best days just lay around the corner. As Jack Layton said, "don't let them tell you it can't be done."
We're almost there.