[Marxism] Mulcair's victory: A new direction for the NDP?

Richard Fidler rfidler_8 at sympatico.ca
Thu Mar 29 09:03:58 MDT 2012

There is a lot of speculation going the rounds about whether or to
what degree Thomas Mulcair will change the direction of the federal
New Democratic Party. Mulcair, as everyone who pays attention to
Canadian politics knows by now, emerged the winner in the NDP's
contest to replace deceased leader Jack Layton. In the fourth and
final vote at the March 24 convention in Toronto, Mulcair scored 57%
against runner-up Brian Topp's 43 percent. The election of the party's
most prominent Quebec MP was no big surprise, especially in Quebec
where it was widely considered the logical outcome to the NDP's
ough-in.html> upset gains in last year's federal election when the
party won 59 of the province's 75 MPs - 60% of the NDP's parliamentary
caucus, making the party the Official Opposition and thus a credible
contender for government for the first time in its history. But what
does the election of this former Liberal mean for the future of the
NDP? The answer is not entirely clear, although clues abound.



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