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PostPosted: Tue Jan 24, 2017 8:33 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

( news of another possible candidate , Sid Ryan a former ndp candidate from Oshawa Ontario and union leader )

Ex-union leader Sid Ryan considering NDP leadership bid

Gloria Galloway

OTTAWA — The Globe and Mail

Published Monday, Jan. 23, 2017 6:27PM EST

There is just one registered candidate in the race to lead the federal NDP but a number of high-profile New Democrats are weighing their options including former union leader Sid Ryan who says he would shift the party back to the left.

Mr. Ryan, a former president of both the Canadian Union of Public Employees and the Ontario Federation of Labour, says he has not made up his mind about launching a campaign. But a web page created by his supporters is pushing him in that direction.

Last week, the site listed the names of more than a hundred key members of the party – riding association executives and union leaders – who have given him their endorsement.

The creators of the website “have put together a platform that reflects the values and the principles that I fought for,” Mr. Ryan said in a telephone interview. “I am giving it consideration based on the work that these folks have put into it and the type of people they are attracting across the country.”

The platform includes such things as free postsecondary tuition, a re-examination of free-trade deals which Mr. Ryan says have cost Canadian jobs, an economic policy not centred on “austerity” and open promotion of the rights of Palestinians.

“There is a real opportunity for a party of the left that goes back to its socialist roots and starts to articulate those kinds of policies,” Mr. Ryan said.

The New Democrats moved closer to the centre under former leader Jack Layton and have remained there under current leader Tom Mulcair – to the consternation of some party members who complained they were campaigning to the right of the Liberals during the 2015 election.

The leadership vote will not take place until October but the party is organizing a series of debates that will begin on March 12. So far, British Columbia MP Peter Julian is the only official candidate.

Mr. Ryan has run for the NDP in three provincial and two federal election campaigns without success – though he did come within a few hundred votes of the Conservatives in the federal race in Oshawa in 2004.

He may also be hampered by his inability to speak French. Mr. Ryan said those who are trying to convince him to run are proposing the concept of co-leadership with a woman from Quebec which, he said, would not eliminate the need to become bilingual as quickly as possible.

Lack of bilingualism is what is keeping Olivia Chow, the widow of Mr. Layton who was herself an MP for eight years, from putting her name forward. “Jack spent a lot of time building up the Quebec team and the caucus and the connection with the Québécois,” Ms. Chow said, “so I think it is really important to have someone who is a lot more fluent than what I can do.”

One bilingual New Democrat who is potentially in the mix is Guy Caron, the MP from Rimouski, Que., and a former researcher and economist with the Communications, Energy and Paperworkers Union of Canada.

“I am talking with people who potentially might be supporting me. The decision is not made yet and will not be before, I would say, mid-February,” Mr. Caron said in a telephone interview.

Mr. Caron was a New Democrat in Quebec before being a member of the party in that province was fashionable. He was drawn to the NDP by Mr. Layton and supported his leadership bid in 2003.

“I think we can look up to what Jack Layton did when he arrived,” Mr. Caron said. “He had this unique quality of being with people and being able to inspire and make them realize what’s possible and I think this is what we need at this moment.”

Mr. Caron said he is weighing how a leadership run might affect his young family. He is also trying to build a competent team of people who share his vision for the country. “And obviously the fundraising question is also important,” he said. “I want to make sure that I will be able to lead the campaign. I wouldn’t want to leave [the race], should I decide to run.”

Other names that are being floated include Ontario MPP Jagmeet Singh, Manitoba MP Niki Ashton and Ontario MP Charlie Angus who says he is still assessing his chances.

“This is a very long race,” said Mr. Angus. “It’s going to take an enormous amount of resources to get to the finish line and, if I do [decide to run], it it has to be for the right reasons with something really clear and coherent to offer. So I am looking at this step by step and I haven’t made a decision yet.”


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Noncommittal Angus technically in leadership race

Alan S. Hale

By Alan S. Hale, The Daily Press

Monday, January 23, 2017 10:16:15 EST PM

TIMMINS - Local MP Charlie Angus (NDP – Timmins-James Bay) has not officially declared his candidacy to become the next federal NDP leader, though under Elections Canada rules, Angus may now be classified a leadership candidate.

On Sunday, Angus took to his Facebook page to announce the launch of a new website —www.charlieangusnpd.ca — geared toward gauging public support for a leadership run, finding potential volunteers, and even taking pledges for future campaign contributions.

But while the website is still just doing preparation work for a possible run, the fact that Angus spent money on setting it up means he has incurred a campaign expense, which makes him a leadership candidate in the eyes of Elections Canada.

The political financing handbook for leadership contestants published by Elections Canada states: “From a political financing perspective, a person is deemed to be a leadership contestant from the date a contribution, a loan or a transfer is accepted or a leadership campaign expense is incurred.”

Angus’ website was clearly designed to follow the rule for people who have not decided to officially run. For instance, it does not accept actual campaign contributions, just pledges. And Angus said he did not pay anyone to create the website for him.

But he did spend money to create the site.

A WHOIS search on the new website revealed that the domain name was registered for the next two years on Jan. 5 from a domain name selling company, National CA Domains Ltd.

When asked about this by The Daily Press, Angus confirmed that he had spent $30 of his own money to purchase the domain name.

“You don’t get domain names for free,” he said.

Although he couldn’t speak about Angus’ website specifically, Elections Canada spokesman John Enright said in general terms, spending money to create a website ahead of a leadership campaign is a campaign cost.

“If there were costs incurred in developing a website in view of an eventual leadership contest, there is a cost there,” said Enright.

Angus argued the fact he spent money on a website will only matter if he does decide to run – a decision he insists he has not made yet one way or the other.

“It’s still too early to say if I will run. Registering a domain name is a minor expense but is necessary to help this conversation along,” said Angus. “Naturally, I will keep track of any spending and if I decide to run, everything will be properly accounted for. Right now, I’m sincerely focused on reaching out to people, having good conversations, listening to what the local supporters and the grassroots of our party has to say. I want to make sure any decision is the right one.”

Ultimately, the decision on whether the domain name purchase will count as campaign expense will be Election Canada’s to make, and even if it does mean Angus is legally a leadership contestant, it doesn’t bind him to actually run for the position.

The only consequences of being legally considered a leadership contestant is a requirement to obey all campaign financing laws after the date of the first expense and to eventually register as a contestant with Elections Canada — something candidates don’t have to do until the day of the leadership vote itself.

The NDP’s leadership vote is scheduled for Oct. 29, 2017.

So far, the only person to register with Elections Canada as a leadership contestant is Peter Julian.

Angus expects to make his decision on whether or not he will seek to replace Thomas Mulcair as NDP leader by the end of February.


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PostPosted: Tue Jan 24, 2017 3:14 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

It feels as if the bottom of the barrel is being scraped, don't you think?

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PostPosted: Tue Jan 24, 2017 5:46 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Sid Ryan is the LPC dream scenario.
Voters who went Liberals for the first time in a few elections after voting NDP wouldn't have anywhere to go back to.

The GPC isn't an alternative.

It essentially assures an LPC majority.

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PostPosted: Tue Jan 24, 2017 6:39 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

cosmostein wrote:
Sid Ryan is the LPC dream scenario.
Voters who went Liberals for the first time in a few elections after voting NDP wouldn't have anywhere to go back to.

The GPC isn't an alternative.

It essentially assures an LPC majority.

the sudden news of a possible union candidate is somewhat of a surprise , although Sid Ryan has been involved in the ndp for a number of years

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Meet Jagmeet Singh: Rising NDP star touted as possible leadership hopeful

CTVNews.ca Staff
Published Tuesday, January 24, 2017 10:28AM EST
Last Updated Tuesday, January 24, 2017 11:28AM EST

A new leader for the federal New Democrat Party won’t be selected until October, but one provincial NDP member is already emerging as a frontrunner despite not even entering the race yet.

Ontario Deputy NDP leader Jagmeet Singh, who is the MPP for the Toronto-area riding of Bramalea—Gore—Malton says he’s “seriously considering” running for the federal leadership.

“People have been approaching me and encouraging me to consider making that … jump,” he told CTV’s Your Morning on Tuesday.

Singh was first elected to provincial office in 2011, and quickly rose through the ranks. The 38-year-old lawyer by trade has gained a following on social media, and is often touted for his charismatic appeal.

As Singh and other candidates consider a run for the NDP’s top political job, the race for a Conservative Party leader is heating up and making headlines almost daily.

But the NDP has been largely radio silent in recent months about their own future. Singh said it’s normal to see potential candidates hold off on announcing their candidacy during such a long race.

“Leadership races are very intense so it’s difficult to get out really early,” he said. “It’s still about eight, nine months away, so it’s still quite early in the game and I know people are going to come forward.”

He added: “You have to build momentum in a leadership race and it’s hard to sustain over a long period of time.”

Singh said, when Justin Trudeau was first elected as prime minister, he indicated a shift toward a more “progressive” way of governing, however, more than one year into the Liberal government’s mandate, “we’re starting to see chinks in that armour.”

He accused the Liberal government of breaking promises on jobs for youth and electoral reform.

As for his own vision for Canada, Singh said he wants to reduce the “growing” gap in income and equality to ensure that “everyone can enjoy” success now and in future generations.

He said Canada is welcoming to everyone, however, “sometimes policies don’t back that up.

“So I want to see a country that really, meaningfully welcomes everyone, makes sure that everyone has an opportunity in this country to succeed.”

So can the possible leadership hopeful speak French? When asked, Singh said he is “fluent” in Canada’s other official language.

Other possible contenders in the race to replace Mulcair include Manitoba MP Niki Ashton, B.C. MP Peter Julian and Ontario MP Charlie Angus.


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PostPosted: Thu Jan 26, 2017 9:01 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

( one ndp mp who won't be running is this higher profile quebec mp )

Ruth Ellen Brosseau not running for NDP leadership

Kelsey Johnson

Wednesday, January 25th, 2017

Ruth Ellen Brosseau says she will not run for the NDP leadership.

“No, not at all. After a bit of reflection and lots of discussion with my family and friends I have decided to stay on as the member of Parliament for Berthier-Maskinongé,” Brosseau told reporters Wednesday. The NDP are in Ottawa for a caucus retreat to prepare for Parliament’s return January 30.

The Quebec MP, currently the party’s deputy caucus chair and agriculture critic, told reporters she wants to continue to “defend Canadian farmers,” adding there are a lot of issues the industry will be watching closely, particularly in international trade.

Brosseau said she hopes more leadership hopefuls will enter the race “in the coming weeks.”

Leadership candidates should be bilingual given the party’s widespread support in Quebec, she added, when asked about what she was looking for in a candidate.

The NDP are set to pick their new party leader in October 2017. The leadership race was triggered after current party leader Tom Muclair was unceremoniously dumped by party faithful last April during the party’s convention in Edmonton. Mulcair only earned 48 per cent support from the party’s membership.

British Columbia NDP Peter Julian is said to be considering a run. He gave up his critic role in October in order to mull over his options. Julian is the only person to formally register with Elections Canada so far.

Meanwhile, Ontario NDP MP Charlie Angus launched a “should I run” website Sunday and said he is trying to build a national team of volunteers and collect donations after spending weeks reaching out to family, colleagues, constituents and supporters.

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PostPosted: Thu Jan 26, 2017 9:20 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Bugs wrote:
It feels as if the bottom of the barrel is being scraped, don't you think?

I don't find Singh to be bottom of the barrel, he seems to have created quite the name for himself. As for the rest it kinda seems that way.

Charlie Angus is kinda in the middle. He has a lot of respect in the NDP, and probably across party lines, but I can't see him resonating.

Peter Julian is a bit odd too. Ian Capstick mentioned on Power and Politics said his only chance is if nobody else runs. I find that a bit surprising as his name was mentioned last time, I figured he'd be able to put together a solid campaign.

It seems like Guy Caron may enter the race. He's not very well known so it's hard to tell how he would do. He seems to have a good background and when I saw him on MP panels he always came off well.

I think Singh would be the best option for the Conservatives. While he has a much better background than Trudeau, he kinda comes off in the same way. He's treated like a bit of a celebrity and there's lots of focus on how well dressed he is - he was named one of Toronto's best dressed or something a few years ago. I think with him and Trudeau there could be a bit more focus on style than substance. (Bernier may come off the same way) A Conservative leader who is more of the opposite could be a good contrast and do well. Singh should be able to grow the party in the GTA, which could lead to vote splits between the NDP and the Liberals. Same applies to areas around Vancouver, although the NDP would probably have an easier time winning seats there.

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PostPosted: Thu Jan 26, 2017 9:31 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Bugs wrote:
It feels as if the bottom of the barrel is being scraped, don't you think?

I don't know if you look thru the caucus and provincial caucuses , who all is really available ?

think I've said before that I felt at the end of the 2015 election campaign when the liberals realised they had a lead over the ndp , they decided to do some extra damage to the ndp and tried to win some seats held by higher profile ndp mp's just to make it harder for them to come back .

they really didn't need these seats to form government or beat the cpc - Halifax / Megan Leslie , Parkdale High Park / Peggy Nash , Ottawa Centre / Paul Dewar or Sackville eastern shore / Peter Stoffer , but they went after them anyways and beat these higher profile mp's , the only reason to do so in my view would of been to cause as much damage to the ndp and its future as they could and remove some potential leadership candidates from the house of commons

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PostPosted: Sun Feb 12, 2017 11:34 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

( not an official candidate , still just thinking about it )

Quebec MP steps aside as finance critic to consider leadership bid

The Canadian Press

Sunday, February 12th, 2017

Quebec MP Guy Caron is stepping aside as the NDP’s finance critic to consider a leadership bid.

Caron says he believes his caucus colleagues need a full-time critic with the federal budget’s upcoming release.

The 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.

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

A leadership debate is scheduled on March 12 in Ottawa.


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PostPosted: Sun Feb 12, 2017 4:21 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

( we may finally have a candidate )

B.C. MP Peter Julian to announce NDP leadership candidacy

New party leader is needed to replace Thomas Mulcair by fall 2017, but field is wide open

CBC News Posted: Feb 12, 2017 9:30 AM PT| Last Updated: Feb 12, 2017 11:36 AM PT

NDP MP Peter Julian announced that he would step down as NDP House leader on Oct. 19, 2016, in Ottawa.

B.C. MP Peter Julian is expected to announce his intention to run for leadership of the NDP later today, making him the first to come forward since the party voted to dump Thomas Mulcair and seek a new leader last spring.

The announcement is scheduled to take place at 2 p.m. PT at the Columbia Theatre in New Westminster.

Julian, the MP for New Westminster-Burnaby, stepped down as NDP House leader to consider the leadership bid last fall.

The next NDP leader's primary role will be to rebuild the party after last year's crushing electoral defeat.

The party has struggled with sagging support and flagging fundraising since the Liberal government was elected in October of 2015.

Polls in September put the NDP's support at between nine and 12 per cent.

Julian was first elected in 2004 and has served as the party's critic for portfolios such as energy, natural resources and finance.​

Fluently bilingual

The 53-year-old is fluently bilingual, having attended university in Quebec and served as the NDP's provincial secretary for that province in the 1990s.

He mulled — but ultimately decided against — a party leadership run in 2012.

At least two other New Democrats are known to be mulling leadership bids. Quebec MP Guy Caron said he is stepping aside as the party's finance critic to consider entering the race.

In a Facebook post, Caron said the caucus needs a full-time critic as the federal budget approaches.

And Ontario MP Charlie Angus stepped aside as his party's caucus chair and Indigenous affairs critic last fall to contemplate a bid.

Meanwhile, the Conservative Party race is well underway, with 14 candidates having come forward so far.

The vote on who will replace outgoing federal NDP leader Tom Mulcair will take place in fall 2017, the party's governing body decided.

Nominations for a leadership convention opened on July 2, 2016 and the new leader will be selected sometime between Sept. 17, 2017 and Oct. 31, 2017.


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PostPosted: Wed Feb 15, 2017 12:57 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

( the ndp are claim the cpc leadership race is getting too much attention so that is why they are waiting . but the typical ndp voters is not gripped by the cpc race so that excuse sounds a little bizarre )

NDP leadership candidates waiting for Conservative leadership furor to die down before entering race

There is also a provincial election in British Columbia in May that party members will be preoccupied with until then.

Peter Julian, top left, was the first to jump into the NDP leadership race, but with a debate less than a month away, others, including Charlie Angus, top right, Guy Caron, bottom left, Niki Ashton, and Ontario MPP Jagmeet Singh are expected to follow soon. The Hill Times photographs by Jake Wright, Chelsea Nash, and Wikimedia Commons


PUBLISHED : Wednesday, Feb. 15, 2017 12:00 AM

According to NDP insiders and MPs, potential candidates for the NDP leadership race are thinking that the later, the better, when it comes to announcing their bid.

The main reasoning behind this comes down to being able to get the most attention.

With 14 candidates dramatically fighting for leadership of the Conservative Party right now, and American President Donald Trump “gobbling up” space within Canadian news cycles, “you can imagine a shrewd NDP candidate would want to let that bad news go” before trying to compete with it, said Alice Funke of Pundits’ Guide.

She said a number of people within the party have suggested to her that’s a major cause for the delay in candidates announcing.

NDP MPs Don Davies (Vancouver Kingsway, B.C.) and Murray Rankin (Victoria, B.C.), agree that the Conservative leadership race is a deterrent for potential NDP candidates right now.

“There is no holdup,” Mr. Davies said. Because the NDP’s convention was held last April, the leadership race was extraordinarily long. No one expected candidates to join the race right away.

And, no one expected 14 candidates to be in the Conservative leadership race. Mr. Davies said this is a reason why candidates might still be hedging.

The exception is MP Peter Julian, who just announced his candidacy for the leadership over the weekend.

Mr. Julian might be the only candidate officially in the race, but there are at least four others “circling one another,” says Ms. Funke.

That list includes MPs Niki Ashton (Churchill-Keewatinook Aski, Man.), Charlie Angus (Timmins-James Bay, Ont.), and Guy Caron (Rimouski-Neigette-Témiscouata-Les Basques, Que.), who just resigned his finance critic role to explore his leadership options, and Ontario MPP Jagmeet Singh, who was just recently featured in GQ magazine for his social media savvy and political ambitions.

“It’s like the penguins on the ice problem,” she said. “The first penguin off the ice is afraid to jump in because they’ll be eaten by the predator,” meaning the first candidate in might be subject to more scrutiny than the others, and have a harder time trying to reposition themselves as candidates with competing policies join them.

Robin Sears, an NDP pundit and principal with Earnscliffe Strategy Group, said while he doesn’t understand it himself, what he’s heard is candidates are feeling “that it’s better to be last than first…because you can get more attention, and the field will be established,” which might make it easier to contrast themselves against their competitors.

Mr. Sears also said the key candidates are already organizing behind the scenes, despite not having officially registered. He added another bird analogy to Ms. Funke’s penguin one: “there’s lots of activity…It’s kind of like the ducks on the pond, there doesn’t seem to be much happening [on the surface], but [there’s] furious pedalling underneath.”

Mr. Rankin said in addition to the Conservative leadership race, candidates might also be considering the upcoming provincial election in British Columbia on May 9.

“A lot of our membership is from British Columbia. One doesn’t want to interfere with the election in B.C. So that was one of the reasons that the party, in its wisdom, decided to wait until after the election” to hold the leadership election.

Between now and then, Mr. Rankin said, “fundraising and people’s attention, at least in my province, is going to be on the provincial election.” Then, it’s summer.

“So the idea was to set it in October. Some people think that’s too long, but there’s good reason.” The next leader of the party will be chosen no later than Oct. 29.

The NDP is also the only major federal party with the unique system of having one large party that includes the provincial NDP.

Ms. Funke said regardless of the reasoning, she does think it’s about time for candidates to enter the race. “I do think it’s past time, honestly, for these folks to declare,” she said. “If they’re circling each other to wait and see who goes first, that is not the kind of bravery that is called for to take on this kind of challenge. They should step forward and step up and be brave.”

She might not have to wait too much longer. With Mr. Julian in the race now, and a leadership debate scheduled in Ottawa for March 12, the feeling is candidates will start to officially launch their campaigns over the next few weeks.

“I think it’s pretty clear that the party wouldn’t have scheduled the debate unless they had had consultations with the prospective candidates, and so this will all come to an end very soon,” Mr. Sears said.

National director of the NDP Robert Fox said “we are confident that there will be multiple candidates for the first leadership debate in Ottawa,” via an email from party spokesperson George Smith.

Mulcair an awkward factor for candidates

All MPs who spoke to The Hill Times for this story denied there was any problem with Tom Mulcair (Outremont, Que.) staying on as leader throughout the campaign, during which some candidates may critique his track record.

“I think Tom has made it clear…He said he’s going to be steering this ship into port, and [wants] to hand off this ship to the new captain, whoever that may be, in tip-top shape,” Mr. Rankin said.

But, some within the party believe there will be an awkwardness to criticizing Tom Mulcair’s leadership while he is still the one leading.

A former NDP staffer, who did not want to be identified in order not to jeopardize future employment with the party, said there’s a fear of Tom Mulcair in caucus. “Have you seen what he can do in Question Period? He’s a powerhouse,” the former staffer said.

The former staffer said while people respect the work Mr. Mulcair has done for the party, “it’s a really delicate dance, always respecting your predecessor, but having the balls to step into the spotlight.”

But, Ms. Funke said Mr. Mulcair’s leadership and the leadership race are two separate issues. “A successful candidate is one who lays out the plan and the vision for where to go next, not to belabour what’s just happened [in the last election],” she said.

Fundraising likely not an issue to hold candidates back

Ms. Funke said despite fundraising for the NDP overall being lower than what it has been in recent years, it’s “basically back at 2011 levels.”

“I think a serious leadership contestant will not have difficulty raising,” Ms. Funke said.

Mr. Sears agreed. “There may be issues with raising enough money at the front end, but there’s quite a huge cadre of people they can go to and demand some money from. Using an excuse like a lack of fundraising ability might suggest the candidate shouldn’t be in the race in the first place.

Mr. Sears said he thinks the lower party fundraising is in part because “some people are saving their cash to support a candidate or two.”


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( he's thinking about it but hesitant cause the Ontario ndp have a shot at forming government ? what wynne may be unpopular but seriously )

Jagmeet Singh 'seriously considering' federal NDP leadership bid

The Ontario MPP says he's hesitant because the provincial party has a shot at forming government

By Mike Crawley, CBC News Posted: Feb 16, 2017 5:37 AM ET| Last Updated: Feb 16, 2017 5:53 AM ET

Jagmeet SIngh is deputy leader of the Ontario NDP and is being wooed to seek the federal party leadership.

Jagmeet Singh's eclectic range of accomplishments include Sikh of the Year, jiu-jitsu champion and Toronto Life magazine's Best Dressed award.

Will he soon try adding leader of the federal NDP to his list?

Singh, 38, is a member of the Ontario Legislature, representing the Toronto suburb of Brampton. According to federal party activists, there's a groundswell of New Democrats urging him to jump into the race to replace Thomas Mulcair.

"It's something I'm really considering quite seriously," Singh said Wednesday in an interview with CBC News.

Party activists first floated Singh as a possible candidate shortly after the NDP leadership review pushed Mulcair out last April. Since then, Singh's public comments have shifted from being "open to" the idea of running, to giving it "serious consideration."

"Initially I thought it was just a bit of a fluke," Singh said. "But now I'm at the point where I'm listening to what folks are saying, I'm looking at what it would look like to run a national campaign, really mulling the idea around and thinking about it in a serious way."

So what's holding him back? Liberal Premier Kathleen Wynne's dismal poll numbers seem to be a factor.

"My dilemma is that provincially I think we have an extremely amazing opportunity as New Democrats to form a government," said Singh. "I really see a future for the party doing amazing things provincially and I'm excited by that, so that's part of the reason why I've been a bit hesitant."

Jagmeet Singh - Sleepover 3
Jagmeet Singh practised as a criminal lawyer before entering politics, represents a riding in Brampton, and speaks French as well as Punjabi. (Adam Litovitz)

Singh is a lawyer and speaks functional French (as well as Punjabi). His lack of a seat in Ottawa doesn't faze his supporters: they merely point out that a guy named Jack Layton was a Toronto city councillor when he won the NDP leadership in 2003.

Party sources say there's a team of experienced campaign organizers ready to work for Singh, should he decide to run.

'Draft Jagmeet' page

Singh came within a few hundred votes of becoming an MP in his first political campaign, contesting Bramalea-Gore-Malton for the federal NDP in the 2011 election. He won the provincial seat a few months later, helping the Ontario New Democrats grab the balance of power in a Liberal minority government. He has served as the critic for justice and consumer services, and party leader Andrea Horwath named him her deputy in 2015.

NDP member Liam Bedard helped start a "Draft Jagmeet" Facebook page before even meeting Singh, having learned of his work with anti-poverty groups.

"I discovered what a principled and articulate civil rights defender he's been," the Ottawa-based Bedard said in an interview Wednesday. "He's in a unique position to fight the rising tide of racism that is gripping western societies. He has the credibility to challenge rising income inequality."

He calls Singh a "living embodiment of Canadian multiculturalism" and admires him for his principles and values.

"The guy has both style and substance," Bedard said. "Destiny is knocking on his door."

Ontario NDP leader Andrea Horwath named Singh her deputy in 2015. (Canadian Press)

In phone interviews with CBC News, several senior NDP officials spoke highly of Singh. They asked not to be identified by name because they don't want to be seen as endorsing a candidate.

"Jagmeet is a true progressive and represents a new generation of political activism in this country," said a senior NDP organizer. He praised Singh's sincerity and said he has "the ability to make people feel they're being listened to, and that what they're saying is important."

One longtime NDP backroomer said Singh has the "it factor" of politics. "People in the party outside Ontario have been eyeing him covetously," said the official, who asked not to be named. "He's a smart guy and a hard worker."

"He is definitely generating a lot of interest," said another top NDP activist.

Singh's backers believe he has potential to attract a new injection of members from communities that have not traditionally been NDP supporters, and could help make the party more competitive in the 905, the seat-rich suburbs surrounding Toronto.

In Canadian history, no major federal party has ever chosen a non-white leader.

Among the issues Singh has worked on at Queen's Park is the controversial police practice of carding — stopping people on the street and demanding identification. Singh, who said he's been carded 10 times, pushed for a ban. The government outlawed arbitrary street checks last year.

He also advocated for limits on fees to transfer money overseas and for a religious exemption for Sikhs from motorcycle helmet laws.

Singh gets attention for his style, most recently a profile and photo shoot in GQ. dubbing him "the Incredibly Well-Dressed Rising Star in Canadian Politics." He drives a BMW sports car on his commute from Brampton to Toronto and keeps a Dutch Gazelle bike in his office at the Legislature for getting around the downtown.


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He’s ‘moving on,’ but campaign to keep Mulcair as leader picks up steam as NDP grassroots call ousting unfair

Marie-Danielle Smith | February 20, 2017 3:51 PM ET
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NDP Leader Tom Mulcair asks a question during question period in the House of Commons on Parliament Hill in Ottawa on Wednesday, Dec.7, 2016.

OTTAWA — Amid a leadership race with few candidates, there is a growing grassroots movement in the federal New Democratic Party to try convince leader Tom Mulcair to again run for the job he has resigned.

However, calling the movement “heartening after a tough year,” and saying “not a day goes by” where he doesn’t receive messages of support, Mulcair told the National Post his mind’s made up to move on.

“My decision is made,” he said. “I’d love to emulate somebody like Stephen Lewis, you know, and be that elder statesman who gets called upon sometimes. I’m going to stay close to the party. They’re all friends. But at this stage in my life, I’m just going to move on.”


THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean KilpatrickNDP leader Tom Mulcair asks a question during question period in the House of Commons on Parliament Hill in Ottawa on Wednesday, Dec 14, 2016..
Still, more than 5,000 people have pledged their support to the “Bring Tom Mulcair Back Campaign” on Facebook — significantly more than have signed up for various pages trying to draft other potential leaders (Ontario deputy leader Jagmeet Singh is in second place, with about 3,600 likes).

More than just wanting Mulcair to return as leader, they’re hoping for a change in the NDP’s rules, perceiving unfairness in how the leadership review was conducted at the April 2016 convention in Edmonton, where only 48 per cent of the room voted to keep Mulcair on as leader.

Behind the campaign is Dale Jackaman, a private investigator from Richmond, B.C. who was a three-time federal candidate for that riding under former party leader Jack Layton.

He told the Post there was “a lot of anger amongst the membership” after Mulcair lost in Edmonton, and his opinion is “the party just royally screwed up.”

“The membership still consider him to be the man that we want,” Jackaman said. “We all know that he would win (if he ran).

He’s an ethical individual but he’s also a pretty stubborn individual. I think he’s angry. He’s angry at the party
“He’s an ethical individual but he’s also a pretty stubborn individual. I think he’s angry. He’s angry at the party.”

Adding fuel to the fire for Jackaman is a recent Campaign Research poll of 1,457 voters that found Mulcair’s overall approval rate (41 per cent) to be slightly higher than Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s (39 per cent) and Rona Ambrose’s (36 per cent).

“It doesn’t seem right to me that a few people in the party make a decision that overturns what all of us decide,” said longtime NDP member Robert Wiseman, who lives in Scarborough, Ont. and supports Jackaman’s campaign. Many party members can’t afford to travel to a convention, he said.

Asked whether he thought Mulcair would’ve won if the vote was open to all New Democrats, he says: “I think overwhelmingly Tom would’ve won.” But rather than rehashing the past, he said, “my whole hope is that enough of us can speak up and change Tom Mulcair’s mind about not running.”

Sue Stroud, from Brentwood Bay on Vancouver Island, is another supporter and is an administrator of another Facebook group with 5,700 New Democrat members.

I see all kinds of people weighing in and saying, ‘I want Tom to stay,’ ‘I would’ve voted for Tom’
“I see all kinds of people weighing in and saying, ‘I want Tom to stay,’ ‘I would’ve voted for Tom,’ ‘I couldn’t afford to go to a convention,’” she said. “It seems unfair to me that we pick him in a one member, one vote situation, but we allowed his leadership review not to be that way. …I think he knows, and I think the party knows, that there is a groundswell of support for him.”

Stroud said she noticed “there was a lot of organizing going on” before the Edmonton convention, and received calls from riding association presidents who said they were being asked to transfer seats they were allotted at the convention to people from other ridings.

It’s a practice that has persisted in the party for the last 15 years, explained a source close to the process, especially since it helps to fill rooms with more people.

But with the Edmonton convention, party officials expected controversy, the source said. They wanted to ensure everything was above board and imposed stricter rules: riding associations could only transfer delegate credentials to members in the same province.

“If the party had … a referendum amongst all members, would the results have been different? Absolutely. Probably, Mulcair would have been able to go through,” the source said, though insisting it would be “absolutely wrong” to allege there was fraud in Edmonton. “The truth is that people who showed up were motivated to show up, and they were the people who were angry.”

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Jason Franson / Canadian PressFederal NDP Leader Tom Mulcair casts his vote for the party leadership during the 2016 NDP Federal Convention in Edmonton..
Still, said Stroud, “I think it was a mistake for the party to allow (delegate-swapping) at all.” Online voting where every party member could participate would’ve been fairer even though it wouldn’t have created a “sexy” full-house visual, she added.

Just because the practice was common at past conventions doesn’t make it right, Jackaman argues, saying the party goes against its own constitution when it allows delegate-swapping. He sent a letter to all of the NDP MPs in the House of Commons a few weeks ago, which described the Edmonton crowd as a “tainted delegate body” and asked MPs to push for a full investigation and a suspension of the current leadership process.
“The party has investigated these allegations very carefully and concluded there is no evidence to support them,” national director Robert Fox told the Post Friday. “We are satisfied the rules for accrediting delegates to the Edmonton convention were fully and fairly applied, and that every delegate who voted had the right to vote.”

A contingent of party members plans to bring resolutions forward at the party’s next policy convention, in February 2018, asking for the rules to be changed and an open vote held on future confidence votes.

Mulcair said he’d rather not comment on whether that’s a good idea.

He acknowledged he’d have support in caucus if he wanted to stay. “I’ve got a lot of friends and supporters in caucus, but I’m not looking for that, so the question just doesn’t arise,” he said. “I’m going to continue in the House, standing up and holding the Liberals to account, and I think that’s the most important thing I can do to hand off to the next leader.”

B.C. MP Peter Julian is the only contestant registered in the leadership race so far, but others, including Ontario MP Charlie Angus and Quebec MP Guy Caron, are expected to announce bids in the next couple of weeks. A new leader will be chosen this October.


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Federal NDP leadership field likely to expand soon as March debate looms

By The Canadian Press — Feb 22 2017

OTTAWA — The federal NDP leadership race will likely get new candidates in coming days, with veteran MP Charlie Angus expected to make an announcement this weekend.

Angus is inviting supporters on Facebook to a tavern in Toronto on Sunday afternoon to get involved in a "fantastic and wild ride."

Quebec MP Guy Caron is also expected to make a decision about running before Tuesday.

The economist recently stepped aside as the party's finance critic to mull a leadership bid.

The race to replace Tom Mulcair as NDP leader won't conclude until fall but the first debate among leadership hopefuls is slated for March 12 in Ottawa.

So far, only B.C. MP Peter Julian has entered the race.

The Canadian Press

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