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PostPosted: Sat Dec 31, 2016 10:45 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I've been increasingly impressed with Nathan Cullen, but he has already backed out of the race. I think he (correctly) sees that the NDP is back where it belongs, a third party whose purpose is to tap off those voters who chase abstract and unworkable policies.
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I've been increasingly impressed with Nathan Cullen, but he has already backed out of the race. I think he (correctly) sees that the NDP is back where it belongs, a third party whose purpose is to tap off those voters who chase abstract and unworkable policies.

He's one of the most impressive MPs in the HoC. Would have been a stronger leader in 2012.

He's probably regretting not running for leader of the BC NDP now. He could have likely been acclaimed and he'd be a bigger risk to Christy Clark than John Horgan currently is. If the Liberals form government again in May I bet there'll be another push for Cullen to take over from Horgan. With the federal party in disarray it'll probably be easier to lure him to provincial politics.

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( the ndp appears to be somewhat of a mess at the moment with another high profile provincial resignation this weekend )

New Brunswick NDP leader resigns over 'infighting' and clashes with federal party

Cardy said his “progressive” platform has been thwarted by party members at both the provincial and federal levels

The Canadian Press

Sunday, January 1st, 2017

FREDERICTON – New Brunswick’s NDP leader has resigned citing “endless internal battles” within the party.

Dominic Cardy, who has led the New Brunswick party since 2011, issued a statement Sunday saying he cannot lead a party where a “tiny minority of well-connected members refuse” to accept the democratic will of its membership.

Cardy said his “progressive” platform has been thwarted by party members at both the provincial and federal levels, saying the NDP is “one-stop shop … whether you like it or not.”

He said the federal New Democrats stance that Syria is “‘not our fight”’ goes against the party’s “proud history of internationalism” and is antithetical to his beliefs.

Cardy said forces in the New Brunswick NDP, in collusion with province’s largest public sector union, have organized “not to win elections, but to fight endless internal battles.”

He said the same “infighting” and “destructive forces” that resulted in the party’s electoral shut-out from the legislature will lead to another loss in the next provincial election.

Cardy announced that his intention to step down after New Democrats didn’t win any seats in the 2014 provincial election but stayed on following the party’s council unanimous rejection of his resignation.


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PostPosted: Mon Jan 02, 2017 8:01 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

( this article is about Jagmeet Singh and the possibility of him as ndp leader , personally I don't see the idea having national appeal , it also make little sense for him to leave queens park when the going was good and head to Ottawa where the ndp was going no where )

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Jagmeet Singh Is A Young, Photogenic, Confident Politician. Sound Familiar?

Posted: 01/02/2017 10:27 am EST Updated: 01/02/2017 10:27 am EST

OTTAWA — He is the candidate many New Democrats hope will take the federal leap — a bright light who represents the future of the party, and a leader who could potentially compete against Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, say supporters.

Outside of the Greater Toronto Area and NDP circles, however, few have heard of Jagmeet Singh.

jagmeet singhJagmeet Singh is currently the deputy leader for the Ontario NDP. (Photo: Chris So/Toronto Star via Getty Images)

Singh, 38, is a confident, charming, political organizer who currently serves as deputy leader of Ontario’s NDP. With a provincial election around the corner in 2018, Singh has an important decision to make.

Does he jump into the federal leadership race — a contest many high-profile New Democrats have eschewed? Or does he stick around provincially, and line himself up to take over from current leader Andrea Horwath if she loses the next election, or a senior cabinet portfolio if she wins.

In an interview with The Huffington Post Canada, Singh acknowledged the dilemma.

"I’m considering all the options. What would be in the best interest of Canada. What would be in the best interests of the progressive movement… these are some of the factors that I’m thinking about as I chat with folks."

Exciting times

Provincially, it’s an exciting time to be a New Democrat, he said. Pointing to the 1990s, when then provincial NDP leader Bob Rae won a surprise majority government, Singh said the party has “an amazing opportunity to really shine.” The governing Liberals under Kathleen Wynne are deeply unpopular and the New Democrats’ platform will differ substantially from that of the Progressive Conservatives. The party also has a popular leader in Horwath, Singh noted.

Still, Singh — who speaks English, Punjabi and a remarkably high level of French — is testing the field. Supporters are calling to encourage him to enter the federal leadership contest. He is gauging interest, fundraising capacity, and organizational strength.

"I’m definitely keeping the doors open, listening to what people have to say. I’m really honoured by my position, like I’m really excited with what I’m doing provincially as well, so I will definitely continue to listen to what people have to say," he repeated.

"How’s that? Did I skate it well, or what?" he added with a laugh.

jagmeet singhNDP Leader Thomas Mulcair speaks at a federal election campaign stop in Brampton, Ont. in October 2015, next to fellow NDP members Jagmeet Singh, left, and Harbaljit Singh Kahlon, second left. (Photo: Jim Young/Reuters)

Singh has ready answers to the current problems facing the federal party, but he has little to say, so far, on what policies he might champion.

On the controversial Leap Manifesto, which split party members at the Edmonton convention last April, Singh argues that New Democrats don’t need to choose between leap or no leap.

"If you get New Democrats together in a room and you ask every single one of them ... if they believe we need to do what we can to address climate change and we need to tackle the problem of our impact on the environment, you would have everyone’s hand up,” he said. “All New Democrats believe Canada needs to transition to a sustainable economy."

While his language may help bridge both sides of the party, it glosses over the manifesto’s radical call to leave oil in the ground by not building new pipelines and for the shift to care for the earth to “begin now.”

"There is no longer an excuse for building new infrastructure projects that lock us into increased extraction decades into the future," the manifesto states, for example.

“"... you have to be in a position of power to influence change, and you can see how much amazing change can be brought when you are in power."

Singh is clear on what he wants the NDP to be. The party needs to compete to win. And, he said, he sees a possibility in 2019 — much as he believes one exists in Ontario in 2018.

"I firmly believe that you have to be in a position of power to influence change, and you can see how much amazing change can be brought when you are in power," he said, pointing to Rachel Notley’s NDP government in Alberta. "Within a year, they froze tuition fees, they implemented a change in the way electoral financing happens, they brought in $15 minimum wage. They brought in so many epic things."

jagmeet singhJagmeet Singh poses for a selfie. (Photo: Gurkirat Batth)

Those who know Singh describe him as a young politician who is the complete package. NDP organizer Robin MacLachlan described him last year as someone who has the “royal jelly.”

Dan Harris, a former NDP MP for Scarborough, Ont., notes that Singh is the only elected New Democrat in the 905 area around Toronto.

"There are just as many ridings in that part of the GTA [Greater Toronto Area] as there is in Toronto proper, and somebody like Jagmeet could potentially do very well in those areas. And with 50 seats in the GTA, nobody is winning government without a plurality in that area," Harris said.

Singh’s popularity with young people could also help swing them from Trudeau to the NDP, Harris hypothesized.

Singh is active on social media, with a strong following. He tweets and Snapchats. The bachelor’s Instagram feed is filled with glamour shots of him posing in different coloured turbans and three-piece suits — some of which he designed himself — with his hipster Gazelle bike, epitomizing urban life in Toronto.

But not all of Singh’s actions on social media have garnered praise. His enthusiastic support for former Cuban dictator Fidel Castro raised more than a few eyebrows.

In a statement similar to Trudeau’s own foreign affairs faux pas, Singh tweeted that Castro "saw a country wracked by poverty, illiteracy & disease. So he lead [sic] a revolution that uplifted the lives of millions”

He earned rebuke from a self-described Zionist Toronto Sun columnist in December, who took issue with Singh allowing some professors to hold a press conference at Queen’s Park to decry the suspension of a Mississauga teacher who had made inflammatory remarks at a pro-Palestinian rally.

That said, the vast majority of the media attention Singh has received in the past has been overwhelmingly positive.

There are flattering profiles in the Toronto Star. Toronto Life named him one of their best-dressed in 2013 — he listed Tom Ford suits (which retail for approximately $5,000) as his current obsession and included a handmade briefcase in his fall must-haves.

Buzzfeed dubbed him "the most stylish politician in Canada by like a million kilometres" and Canadian Lawyer called him "the most interesting man at Queen’s Park." TorontoVerve, a blog about fashion, wanted to talk to the politician about his relationship status just as much as it seemed interested in his policies and fashion choices.

It’s not difficult to see why he was a star at the federal NDP’s Christmas party, or why the British Columbia wing of the party and the Alberta NDP asked him to give keynote speeches last year at their gatherings.

jagmeet singhJagmeet Singh, photographed at Queens Park in Toronto, is the MPP for Bramalea-Gore-Malton. (Photo: Carlos Osorio/Toronto Star via Getty Images)

A former criminal defence lawyer, Singh first ran federally in 2011. He came within one percentage point — 539 votes — of winning Bramalea–Gore–Malton, a GTA riding with one of the highest percentages of East Indians in Canada.

“It was pretty epic,” he said of his campaign, which motivated a large number of young people in particular.

His candidacy was mostly a protest and advocacy campaign, he said. The NDP had never won more than 15 per cent of the vote in the riding. Spurred by that campaign’s success, Singh and his team decided to push their momentum towards the provincial election that was only six months away.
They focused on two issues he kept hearing about at the doors:
•The use of temporary job agencies, which drive down wages and prevent permanent employment
•The high cost of auto insurance, due to a practice known as redlining, he said, that discriminatively charges more for the same service in poorer neighbourhoods.

“It’s not the sexiest issue, per se, auto insurance, but when you get into it, the fact that people are being discriminated against by their postal code and it happens to be racialized people, lower socio-economic people, that’s wrong. And that shouldn’t be happening.”

On Oct. 6, 2011, Singh became the first NDP MPP to represent the Peel Region. He also became the first turbaned-Sikh to sit at Queen’s Park.

jagmeet singhOntario NDP Leader Andrea Horwath, right, talks with MPP Jagmeet Singh during the Ontario 2016 budget at Queen's Park. (Photo: Nathan Denette/Canadian Press)

He proudly notes action on one of the issues he championed. The NDP convinced the Liberals to trim auto insurance rates by 15 per cent — cost-savings that were supposed to kick in last year. Some people noted that cheaper plans came with a loss of coverage. And last fall, rates appeared to be back up.

In 2015, a few months before the the federal election campaign kicked off, Horwath offered Singh the position of deputy leader, then he confirmed he wasn’t going to run federally.

"She gave it to me because she wants to win this next election and needed someone to help with outreach and I had proven myself as someone who could engage new communities and young people," he told HuffPost.

Singh worked with members of the black community to fight the Toronto police force’s policy on carding. He engaged an impressive number of young people and built strong ties with the Tamil and Muslim communities.

Asked if he’d feel guilty about leaving Horwath just before the Ontario election, Singh said he believes the provincial party is in a “tremendous position” going into the 2018 vote. “But I wouldn't feel guilty about making any decision about politics, if I felt that it would best serve the people.”

jagmeet singh parentsJagmeet Singh poses with his parents, who immigrated from Punjab to Canada.

Singh’s dedication to fixing issues of inequality and oppression can be traced back to his early life in St. John’s, Windsor and Detroit.

Singh is the eldest of three children. His first name, which means “friend of the earth,” is a combination of his parents’ names, Harmeet and Jagtaran.

They wed in Punjab in an arranged marriage in the mid-1970s. His mother was already living in Canada at the time, having been sponsored by her sister. Harmeet, in turn, sponsored her husband, and Singh was born in Scarborough on Jan. 2, 1979.

jagmeet singhJagmeet Singh in an undated childhood photo.

When he was one year old, his parents sent him to live in Punjab with his father’s mother. Harmeet worked at a bank, and Jagtaran, a trained physician, was working as a security guard at night and studying for his medical recertification during the day. They were struggling to make ends meet and couldn’t take care of the baby.

A year later, Jagtaran was accepted to the psychiatry program at Memorial University in St. John’s and Singh returned to live with his parents.

"For a little bit of time, I called my actual mom 'aunt' [Bhua] because I called my grandmother 'mom' …. My mom was really sad."

Newfoundland is where Singh learned English. His sister, Manjot, was born shortly after the family’s arrival, and his brother arrived three years later.

jagmeet singh

A newspaper clipping shows seven-year-old Singh with his siblings playing in the sand. The caption identifies him as "Jimmy."

His birth certificate actually reads: "Jagmeet Singh Jimmy Dhaliwal." His parents thought it would be easier to go by Jimmy and "less weird sounding than Jugmeet," he explained. (Jagmeet is pronounced "Jugmeet.")

Singh dumped "Jimmy" (a name “chosen just so I could fit in”) in favour of his first name when the family moved to Windsor, where his father got a job as a hospital psychiatrist.

jagmeet singh windsorJagmeet Singh, at top right, was about 12 when this team photo was taken.

Windsor was "rough."

"There was a lot of racism as a brown kid, with long hair and funny-sounding first name…. I got in a lot of fights all the time," he recounted.

"Kids would say: 'You’re dirty, your skin is dirty, why don’t you take a shower' … or 'You’re not a boy, you’re a girl because you have long hair,' and then they would just come up and pull my hair, or just punch me."

It wasn’t just the kids, Singh said. Parents would also point and laugh.

His father enrolled him in taekwondo so he could learn to defend himself. Singh later became captain of his high school wrestling team and won the scholar athlete award. Between 2003 and 2007, he was the GTA’s undefeated champion for his weight class in submission grappling — a form of judo, wrestling and Brazilian jiu jitsu.

jagmeet singh wrestlingJagmeet Singh excelled at submission grappling.

Being picked on also forced him to learn to portray confidence, he said.

"That makes you less of a target when you are very sure of yourself," he said. "I tried to carry myself very confidently and I had to try to develop this mentality that people are going to stare at me, they are going to look at me, so I better give them something to look at."

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Windsor is also where Singh learned French. He came to the language in a somewhat unusual way.

In grade school, Singh was fascinated by Punjabis’ struggle for language rights in India. "They didn’t allow certain states to be able to teach their own languages … and it was really oppressive," he said.

He focused on that language issue for school work, and his research invariably led him to struggles that French-Canadians also faced.

"I felt like it was kind of an act of solidarity. I’m Canadian, I’m born in Canada, and as an act of solidarity, I learned the language of another community that was also struggling with their language rights."

jagmeet singhJagmeet Singh attended grade school in Windsor, Ont.

He took French as an elective, worked with a tutor in Grade 8 to improve his skills over the summer, and did "extra things" after school to "develop a better accent."

Singh listened to francophone music, including New Brunswick heartthrob Roch Voisine and French singer Patrick Bruel.

"I bought his cassette, 'Alors Regarde,' and I used to play it a lot," he said, of his 1989 HMV find.

Singh said he speaks French "fluently for an anglophone with a decent non-anglophone accent."

“"... people are going to stare at me, they are going to look at me, so I better give them something to look at.”

Concerned about the daily fights at school, Singh’s father sent him across the border to attend high school in Detroit. Some of his father’s friends had enrolled their kids in the private Detroit Country Day School, and his dad thought it would remove the bullying and help him focus on academics and sports.

The new school helped.

Changing course

Singh went on to complete a bachelor of science in biology with a minor in sociology. He intended to follow his father’s footsteps and go to medical school. But when his dad got sick, he began pursuing a computer science degree as he felt it would allow him to enter the workforce sooner. Singh changed course again when he was accepted into law school.

As a student, Singh championed anti-poverty efforts, immigrant and refugee rights, lower tuition fees, and access to to education. As a lawyer, he provided these groups with free legal advice on their rights during protests and how to do it effectively.

After graduating from Osgoode Hall, he joined Pinkofsky, a big criminal defence law firm in Toronto. It drilled into him, he said, the notion that everyone in a democratic society should be able to get good legal representation.

jagmeet singh 2005Graduating from law school in 2005.

A year later, he started his own practice in Mississauga, Ont. Business was going well, and he was planning a move to a bigger office across from the busy Brampton courthouse, when some of the groups he had helped encouraged him to run for office.

Some Sikh activists, led by his brother, Gurratan, and a friend named Amneet Singh, were particularly vocal. They had protested against the visit of Indian minister Kamal Nath, a man accused of leading a deadly rampage against Sikhs in 1984 after Indian prime minister Indira Gandhi was assassinated by her Sikh bodyguards. '

And they felt the political representation in Brampton wasn’t supportive or respectful of their concerns about the visit, Singh told HuffPost.

He was initially reluctant to give up his law career. He enjoyed his job, liked making money — he candidly admits he has a penchant for the finer things in life — and wasn’t looking forward to taking a pay cut.
Jagmeet Singh credits his brother with nudging him towards politics.

"I was hesitant, but it turned out to be amazing," he said "I’ve learned so much, I’ve grown so much, I’ve helped out so many people, I feel like I’ve inspired so many people, it’s been so rewarding."

During his first campaign, Singh eschewed using his actual last name "Dhaliwal." It was the name he used to practice law, and the one everyone knew him by, but he said he wanted to drop the Punjabi upper-caste surname to send a message. The caste system is racist and classist, he said, and he wanted his candidacy to represent a message of equality and justice.

"I want everything we do to have meaning, so I decided that if I'm running to represent the people of my riding, I want it to be known that I will represent all people, not just my clan," he offered.

Some people in the community thought Singh’s idea would backfire, but he believes it made him more approachable at the doorstep.

Addressing systemic discrimination across Canada is one thing Singh would like to continue working on if he decides to jump to the federal scene. He also wants to address income inequality and overhaul the justice system so fewer people are spending time in jail for offences that he feels don’t require such harsh punishment.

At Queen’s Park, Singh recently garnered a bit of attention for a statement condemning Republican president-elect Donald Trump. Trump’s misogynistic language and divisive message of creating fear by pitting communities against each other was xenophobic, anti-Muslim, racist and bigoted, Singh told HuffPost.

"That message offended me, and I wanted to denounce that and also kind of inspire a bit of hope that we can build up a better society that doesn’t require us to tear others down."

jagmeet singhDeputy Ontario NDP leader Jagmeet Singh speaks at a news conference at Queen's Park in October 2015. (Photo: Andrew Francis Wallace/Toronto Star via Getty Images)

Singh genuinely appears unsure of what his next career move should be.

Asked if he thinks the country is ready for a young, brown Sikh prime minister, he laughed.

"I would not have thought we were ready for a brown Sikh defence minister, and that turned out pretty good, so who knows? Maybe."

In a conversation a week later, he said: "I'll treat [my run in politics] like a sprint and try to do the maximum amount of good in the time I have, and then figure out what to do afterwards."

Politics isn’t a career, Singh added. "It’s an amazing opportunity. It's a gift but not something you can take for granted.... I want to do something epic, that I enjoy, and that leaves the world a little better than I found it."

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PostPosted: Tue Jan 03, 2017 7:58 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Jagmeet Singh seems like their best option to me. Seems like an exciting pick.

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PostPosted: Tue Jan 03, 2017 9:37 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Progressive Tory wrote:
Jagmeet Singh seems like their best option to me. Seems like an exciting pick.

I've seen a bit of him at queen's park , I'm not sure I could really picture him as a national leader though

also wynne is pretty much on her last breath here , the only reason she's still in power is there isn't an election till 2018 , if there was one this spring she'd have no chance at all
it would seem odd to leave now , although if he lost the leadership race he could still run provincially in 2018 but if he left his Brampton riding vacant or there was a by-election it could easily flip pc without him on the ballot
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RCO wrote:
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Jagmeet Singh seems like their best option to me. Seems like an exciting pick.

I've seen a bit of him at queen's park , I'm not sure I could really picture him as a national leader though

also wynne is pretty much on her last breath here , the only reason she's still in power is there isn't an election till 2018 , if there was one this spring she'd have no chance at all
it would seem odd to leave now , although if he lost the leadership race he could still run provincially in 2018 but if he left his Brampton riding vacant or there was a by-election it could easily flip pc without him on the ballot

I don't know a whole lot about Singh so I'd have see more of him to really get a sense as to whether he's the right fit for leader.

Still seems better than the alternatives.

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1 member, 1 vote, a month of suspense: why the NDP leadership race will be different from the Conservative

Every NDP member's vote counts while the Tories make all ridings equal

By Éric Grenier, CBC News Posted: Jan 09, 2017 5:00 AM ET| Last Updated: Jan 09, 2017 5:00 AM ET

After voting against Tom Mulcair's leadership in April 2016, the NDP will choose its next leader in October.

The campaign to name the next leader of the New Democratic Party will be markedly different from the ongoing Conservative leadership race — and not only because the list of candidates for the job is expected to be much shorter.

Thanks to the rules of the NDP leadership vote, the winner will not necessarily need the same broad regional backing that is key to winning the Conservative title.

And whereas the final suspense in the Conservative race will only come at its end on May 27, the NDP campaign will finish in a flurry of activity as the results are announced, round by round, through October.

There are 13 contestants in the running for the Conservative leadership, but so far the NDP's list of possible contenders is limited to just one: B.C. MP Peter Julian.

But even he is not an official candidate yet. Julian registered with Elections Canada on Dec. 21, making it possible for him to start raising money for his candidacy.

He will only be an officially registered candidate with the NDP — giving him access to the party's membership list and allowing him to participate in debates — after submitting the requisite 500 signatures reflecting party members from various regional and demographic breakdowns and paying the $30,000 entry fee.

Anyone interested in running for the NDP leadership has until July 3 to get into the race.

1 member, 1 vote

The most significant difference between the NDP and Conservative campaigns is how the votes will be counted. For the Conservatives, Canada's 338 electoral districts are weighed equally. This means that a riding with 1,000 members will carry as much weight as a riding with 100.

Having a wide base of support throughout the country is vital. Having a concentration of support in one region means a lot of wasted votes.

But the New Democrats give each member's vote equal weight, meaning candidates will be gunning for support in the parts of the country where there are the most members.

These are concentrated where provincial parties tend to be stronger, because the provincial and federal wings of the party are affiliated — membership goes through the provinces. Members of the Manitoba NDP, for example, are automatically members of the federal NDP as well.

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NDP MP Peter Julian has registered with Elections Canada as a contestant in the NDP leadership race. (Justin Tang/Canadian Press)

The last leadership race, held in 2012 to replace the late Jack Layton, showed how the NDP's membership totals are not uniform across the country. About 60 per cent of eligible voting members came from just two provinces, Ontario and British Columbia. About another 20 per cent resided in Saskatchewan and Manitoba.

Only about one-tenth of members hailed from Quebec at a time when a majority of the NDP's caucus did. Today, that Quebec caucus has dropped to 16 MPs from 59. So it is unlikely that Quebec will carry any more weight in the race today — particularly since there is no provincial wing of the party to help with membership numbers.

In contrast, Quebec's 78 ridings — representing about one-fourth of all votes — make the province very important in the Conservative leadership race.

Divided attentions

There is no affiliation between the Conservative Party of Canada and any provincial party, making provincial elections or leadership races taking place at the same time as the federal campaign less complicated.

The New Democrats, on the other hand, have to make room for a provincial election scheduled for May in British Columbia, a province with a large share of the party's national membership. It is also an election that the NDP will try hard to win. For federal leadership candidates, funds and volunteers might be difficult to find in a province already tapped out.

A provincial leadership race is likely this year in Manitoba, and an election in Nova Scotia, the NDP's strongest base in Atlantic Canada. The NDP is also without permanent provincial leaders in Saskatchewan and New Brunswick.

A final flourish

Voting in the Conservative and NDP leadership races will be similar. Voters will be able to rank their preferences, and if no candidate has majority support on the first ballot, the least popular candidate will be dropped and their votes distributed to their supporters' second choices.

This process continues until a candidate hits 50 per cent plus one vote.

For the Conservatives, this process will be undertaken with the one ballot members will cast. The results be announced in a single day.

The New Democrats, however, will announce the results of each round every Sunday in October, dropping off the least popular candidate and starting a new round of voting. The process starts on Oct. 1 with at most five week-long rounds of voting ending on Oct. 29.

Because of the preferential ballot, candidates for both campaigns have an incentive to try to be members' second choice. But for the Conservatives that demand is hypothetical — it only comes into play if a member's first choice is dropped.

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NDP MP Charlie Angus resigned as the NDP's caucus chair and Indigenous Affairs critic in November in order to consider a run for the leadership. (Adrian Wyld/Canadian Press)

The demands from NDP contestants will be far from hypothetical. The votes for candidates who are dropped off the ballot or who withdraw from the race each week in October will be up for grabs. Candidates still in the running will try to capture those votes, and they will want the help of the losing candidate to get them.

October could then feature much political jockeying among the NDP's leadership contestants, recreating the atmosphere of old-style "delegated" conventions while still giving every member a chance to vote.

Those who cast ballots online will have the opportunity to re-cast their ballots each week, or they can leave them as is. Members who vote by mail, on the other hand, will lock their votes in.

This, too, could create an interesting dynamic between candidates. Front-runners will likely want their supporters to lock their votes in for good, to ensure they don't lose any votes throughout October. Potential kingmakers, however, might want their supporters — and thus themselves — to keep their options open by voting online.

This is a recipe for a potentially fascinating campaign for the leadership of the NDP. But any recipe is only as good as its ingredients, and it will take some actual candidates to spice up this campaign


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Ontario NDP deputy leader weighs run for federal NDP leadership

Jagmeet Singh will be prime minister one day, pundit predicts

Ainslie Cruickshank

Tuesday, January 10th, 2017

The deputy leader of the Ontario New Democrats is facing a dilemma.

Jagmeet Singh is being encouraged to enter the federal NDP leadership race — but he also said he’s excited about the work he’s doing in Ontario, and about the provincial party’s prospects heading into the 2018 election.

“At this point I don’t know what the answer is,” said Singh, a former criminal defence lawyer.

But it’s not surprising that he’s considering a run at the federal leadership, said Ontario NDP Leader Andrea Horwath.

“He’s a sharp dude, both in terms of his mind and in terms of his clothes,” she quipped, referencing Singh’s celebrated sartorial elegance.

“There’s a reason why I named him my deputy leader. I saw his potential. I saw what he brought to our caucus and our party.

“I’m proud of what he’s been able to do, I’m proud of his confidence and that he’s seriously considering putting his name out there. It’s not an easy task… to run in a leadership race.”

Singh entered provincial politics in 2011 after taking a stab at federal seat in the Greater Toronto Area and losing by just 536 votes to ex-MP Bal Gosal.

Now, as he considers another foray into federal politics, Singh said his decision hinges on three factors – what’s best for Canadians, for the progressive movement and the party.

It’s a “huge decision to make,” said Ian Capstick, founding partner of MediaStyle and a former federal NDP staffer.

“Jagmeet Singh is an incredible politician, I have rarely seen somebody as capable, qualified, and thoughtful as Mr. Singh,” he said. “I have to wonder in the long run if we aren’t looking at a future prime minister of Canada.”

The question, he said, is whether Singh’s time is now. “Do you come and battle Justin Trudeau – in essence the yin to your yang?”

“If I was him, I wouldn’t do it,” Capstick said.

For Singh, who represents the Bramalea-Gore-Malton riding in the GTA, facing Trudeau isn’t a major consideration.

“I won in a riding that’s never been NDP in the history of Canada, so being up against the odds is not something that I’m concerned by,” he said.

Singh may not be afraid of an uphill battle, but taking over the leadership of the federal party would require more than a little stamina.

He has to be ready to commit to “eight years of campaigning in the trenches from a very weak position in terms of personal recognition and awareness outside of southern Ontario,” said Robin Sears, a former national director of the federal NDP and a principal with Earnscliffe Strategy Group.

“It’s not impossible. Jack Layton did it and was very successful, but you know it’s a big, long-time commitment.”

If he does decide to run, he could be successful, said Sears. “He’s a very compelling personality.”

“He would bring an interesting new dynamic into the party. Having people coming from outside federal caucus is always interesting,” said Karl Bélanger, another former national director with the federal party.

“He’s won a seat in a non-traditional area and he’s increased the support for the NDP in those areas, so that’s interesting.”

Singh said he’s proud of the work he’s done to mobilize support for the Ontario NDP among youth and new Canadians. It’s work he would continue nationally if he decides to run for the federal NDP, he said.

But what would it mean for the provincial party if he does decide to leave?

The Ontario NDP would be losing its deputy leader and a strong asset, said Bélanger. But if he wins, it could be beneficial to have a national leader with strong ties to Queen’s Park.

“I don’t think it would be a negative,” said Sears.

“(Horwath) and he have been pretty close political partners I suspect they’d be somewhat like Trudeau and Wynne. They’d work well together.”

Singh said he’s not facing any pressure to stay in the provincial realm, except from himself. The pressure is from people urging him to consider a jump into federal politics, he said.

“I’m doing a lot of listening and talking to folks and hearing what people say,” he said.


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Jagmeet Singh is the NDP version of Patrick Brown;
Young, Works Hard, Works Tirelessly, and is everywhere all the time.

Given the current state of the Federal NDP he could a lot for them

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Charlie Angus begged to run for leadership by Timmins-James Bay NDPRriding Association

By Sarah Moore

Sunday, January 15, 2017 9:28:02 EST PM

After making a joke about politicians taking selfies, New Democrats Gilles Bisson (MPP. Timmins-James Bay), left, and Charlie Angus (MP. Timmins-James Bay), posed for a photo at the annual meeting on Saturday in Timmins. While he never direcly addressed his party leadership aspirations, Angus did discuss the idea with his supporters at the meeting, which was met with tremenduous support from those in attendance.

Will he or won't he?

That's been the question on the minds of many in regards to whether New Democrat MP Charlie Angus (Timmins-James Bay) plans to throw his hat into the ring for the party's top job as leader of the federal NDP.

While Angus made no official announcement when he and the local NDP riding association gathered for their annual meeting on Saturday morning in Timmins, there were numerous shows of support urging the Member of Parliament to consider entering the race.

“Please, I am begging you to run for this position,” said Lynn Festerini-Jones, who was elected as the association's vice-president that day. “Because from my own personal standpoint and everything I've done with the party, there is no one better to lead this country than you. We are all behind you and we will bring more people, more volunteers.”

She also spoke candidly about her long-standing relationship with Angus, including his support of implementing a patch-for-patch program after her son died from a fentanyl overdose.

Many others expressed similar sentiments, sharing stories of the relationships they built with the MP and citing his political accomplishments, almost as if delivering a resume to be used in consideration for the leadership position.

Throughout Angus' speech, many of those in the crowd spoke as if the decision had already been made, asking questions like, “how can we help?” and “when do we start?”

There were also comparisons aplenty made between Angus and the late NDP party leader Jack Layton, that morning.

“When Jack left us, the first thought I had was, 'Charlie, you need to run,' because he saw in you, what we all see in you,” Joan Charlebois told the attendees on Saturday. “Charlie, I support you 100% in this endeavor to run and I'm sure Jack's looking down on you, as well, and saying, 'Go for it.'”

Angus said the amount of support he has been receiving has certainly given him a lot to think about.

“I've been hearing enormous support across Timmins-James Bay and across Northern Ontario, people see me as a voice not just for our region, but for all of the North,” he said. “So, there's been a very, very positive response. But this is part of the reflection process.”

He said he has to continue to meet with those in the riding, including constituents and community leaders, to determine if this is truly something they want him to pursue.

“To me, I work for the people of the North, so this isn't about my career and what I want,” he said. “I work for people here, and if they think it's a good idea, then I'm going to take it very seriously. If I heard from people in my riding saying listen, we want you to stay and work on our local issues; then that would factor in heavily.”

Angus also admitted to the fact that many of the things that matter to those in Timmins-James Bay have begun to matter nation-wide.

“I would like to think that the issues that we brought out of our area have become part of the national conversation,” he said, noting the recent battles over First Nations health care and education, mental health issues, employment, and regional economic development. “We've been fighting on these issues in the North for some time; they need to be part of the national conversation.”

As the party leader serves as the public face of the party (and is also its candidate for Prime Minister) the way they relate to not only the party but to Canadians as a whole is typically an important consideration when selecting a candidate.

Angus attributes his own leadership style to skills he honed while working in Northern Ontario.

“You can't B.S. Northerners; they know if you are speaking the truth and if you are not, and they know if you are delivering or if you are not,” he said. “I've learned to be very practical and very focused on getting results and focused on speaking plainly to people because that’s how Northerners relate – and I think that’s how Canadians want politicians to relate.”

To move forward with a leadership bid would require strong support from the local riding association and a large team of volunteers to successfully launch and carry out a campaign, he added.

“To run for the leader of the national party is an extraordinary undertaking, it needs enormous resources, it needs a huge team,” Angus stressed. “If we don't have a huge team to start within Timmins-James Bay, there's not much point trying to go anywhere else in the country. We have to see, do people locally and regionally believe it and are they willing to get behind it and start to build a team? That makes it possible.”

The large turnout on Saturday, however, may be indicative of the amount of support that local volunteers are willing to provide.

“Today, I was very moved,” said Angus. “I thought maybe we'd just have the riding association and a few volunteers — but the place was packed, and that feels good.”

When he addressed his supporters that morning, he said that Canada is looking for a leader that will bring progressive change and do more than make empty promises.

When it came to deciding whether that leader is indeed himself, Angus put the question to his supporters to answer.

“Today, I am not set to make an announcement, but if I do this, if we do this, we have to do it together,” he said. “If we're going to do this, I want to know that you're there with me, is that possible? Are we going to do this?”

While there were no words exchanged, his question was met with a standing ovation and a raucous round of applause.

The Timmins - James Bay NDP Riding Association also appointed members to its executive at the meeting.

Ed Stecewicz will return to his role as association president, and Lynn Festerini-Jones will be the vice-president. Lorraine Beaulne was appointed as the CFO, Jason Sereda as the membership secretary and at least 10 other individuals expressed interest in becoming involved.


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NDP's Charlie Angus launches website asking 'should I run?' for leadership

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NDP MP Charlie Angus asks a question during Question Period in the House of Commons in Ottawa on Monday, Oct.3, 2016. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld)

The Canadian Press
Published Sunday, January 22, 2017 5:49PM EST

OTTAWA - Veteran Ontario New Democrat MP Charlie Angus says he has moved into the second phase of his possible campaign to lead his party.

Angus, who launched a new website Sunday, says he is trying to build a national team of volunteers and collect donations after spending weeks reaching out to family, colleagues, constituents and supporters.

He says the "unnerving" inauguration of President Donald Trump speaks to why it is necessary to build a national political movement in Canada that offers a positive reason to get involved.

So far, the lengthy race to replace Tom Mulcair in October remains wide open.

B.C. MP Peter Julian is the only person to formally register with Elections Canada but he says he has yet to make a decision about the race.

Other possible contenders include Manitoba MP Niki Ashton and Ontario deputy NDP leader Jagmeet Singh.


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( Tom Parkin talks about the idea of Guy Caron running for ndp leader , he is from quebec but not that well known in the rest of Canada )

Story, strategy and political vision could make Guy Caron next NDP leader

Tom Parkin
By Tom Parkin, Postmedia Network
First posted: Sunday, January 22, 2017 06:00 PM EST | Updated: Sunday, January 22, 2017 06:06 PM EST

Banks don’t like Quebec’s Consumer Protection Act.

That law was the basis of a successful class-action lawsuit over banks’ credit card charges. Banks fought the suit to the Supreme Court, arguing the Quebec law didn’t apply. But in a 2014 decision, the Court disagreed. So time to pay up, right?

Not yet. The banks held some aces. And, buried in Trudeau’s first budget bill, was a bank exemption from Quebec consumer laws.

So, with the majority Liberals on-side, how could the banks lose?

Have you met Guy Caron?

Caron is the NDP MP from Rimouski, a town 300 kilometres east of Quebec City on the St. Lawrence south shore. With a Master’s degree in economics, he’s the NDP Finance Critic. And there’s a good chance he’ll be the next federal NDP leader.

“I’m talking to people, I’m reaching out to see if they’d be interested in helping me,” says Caron. But there’ll be no announcement until after February 8. That’s when his private member’s bill goes to committee. His bill would make it easier for parents to transfer a small farm or fishing company to children.

New Democrats should look closely at Caron. First, he’s got a great back-story. As a Rimouski teenager, Caron was aiming at medical school. But a summer job in sports radio changed his path. A sports statistics fanatic, he engaged callers, built a local radio following and interviewed heroes – Lafleur, Béliveau, Carbonneau. Then, he studied communications at the University of Ottawa, was editor of the University paper, completed his economics MA, worked in Toronto, then Ottawa.

In 2002, friends coaxed him to Jack Layton’s leadership launch. Caron was impressed. He joined Layton’s party and wrote press releases and speeches for Layton. Caron was elected in 2011 by 5,000 votes. In 2015, he won by 7,000 votes with a higher vote share.

Caron offers to renew Layton’s path to power. In 2015, the NDP won 16 Quebec seats with province-wide support at 25%, not far behind the Liberals’ 35%. In the “fundamentally social democratic society” of Quebec, Caron believes Liberal stumbles can be turned to NDP gains and, in turn, boost national strength.

In recent months, Caron has travelled to Regina, Saskatoon, St. John’s, Halifax and Toronto. His English is fluent, but, unlike Mulcair or Trudeau, accented.

Caron’s political vision is a broad national voting coalition on “working class and middle class” economic issues. “I’ve been working my entire life to make sure Quebec progressives work hand-in-hand with progressives throughout the country,” he says.

And he catches the Liberals at their games. He was the first MP to show the Liberals’ “middle class” tax cut gave maximum benefit to incomes between $100,000 and $200,000.

He was first to warn their infrastructure bank might be more about investors’ returns than Canadians’ transit and roads. He keeps raising the broken promise to close the stock-options tax loophole. He keeps talking about the damage of tax havens and the “unfair tax system that allows the rich to get special treatment by CRA.”

And his work got the Liberals to back down from exempting banks from the Quebec Consumer Protection Act. Caron worked with consumer groups, called witnesses and worked with other opposition parties. It was a small but important win for Canadians.

Caron offers a story, a strategy and a political vision. His candidacy would deserve close attention from New Democrats.

Tom Parkin is a former NDP staffer and social democrat media commentator


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( ndp have scheduled a debate although they have no official candidates yet )

NDP schedule March leadership debate despite having no official candidates for Mulcair’s job

Marie-Danielle Smith 01.23.2017 |

OTTAWA — The federal NDP has scheduled a leadership debate for early March, even though there are still no official candidates to lead the party.

Still, NDP national director Robert Fox expects at least a few contestants will appear at an Ottawa hotel March 12. “There’s no question in my mind we’ll have a good array of candidates available on that stage.”

This first debate, which will be bilingual, will coincide with a meeting of the NDP’s federal council attended by senior New Democrats from across the country. A second bilingual debate will take place in Montreal about two weeks later, on the topic of issues facing Canada’s youth.

B.C. MP Peter Julian is the only person formally registered with Elections Canada as a candidate, but he hasn’t yet announced a final decision on whether he will actually run. Ontario MP Charlie Angus is also in the process of gathering support for a potential bid. Rumours persist that Québec MP Guy Caron, Manitoba MP Niki Ashton and the deputy leader of the Ontario NDP, Jagmeet Singh, are also considering a run.

New Democratic MPs are gathering in Ottawa this week for a caucus meeting to set their agenda before the House of Commons returns Monday. It is expected some leadership-related conversations will take place on the margins. A party source said partisans from the British Columbia provincial wing will be there too, to talk strategy before a provincial election expected to be called for May 9.

To avoid the provincial and federal branches of the party competing for attention, no federal leadership events are being planned during the anticipated provincial election campaign. But seven more leadership-related events are being planned for the summer, in locations across Canada, including English-only and French-only debates.

The NDP will pick Thomas Mulcair’s successor via weekly ballots held throughout October, with a new leader chosen by Oct. 27.


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Peter Julian is basically like a West Coast Thomas Mulcair.
He certainly doesn't hurt the party.
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