Wednesday, November 02, 2011

This Race Is Unfair, Vote For Mulcair!

Some leadership campaigns like to make a policy announcement every week.

For Thomas Mulcair, it appears he had adopted a "complaint-a-week" strategy. The latest:

NDP's Mulcair blames 'whisper campaign' for tough slogging in leadership effort
Candidate says the fact he's from Quebec is being used against him by some party members

Outremont MP Tom Mulcair blames "a whisper campaign" and clever spinning by competitors for a perception he's trailing Brian Topp in the NDP leadership contest.

During a recent trip to Vancouver, the 57-year old lawyer and father of two told me: "The people who spin for Mr. Topp use the word 'front-runner,' as they have done from Day 1.

"But there have been a fair number of polls so far and every one has put me ahead, so I'm happy with that."

Mulcair also cited "a whisper campaign by anonymous sources" about his having a bad temper and not being a team player. "My best calling card to answer that," he said, "is there were 33 people standing on stage with me the day I announced my candidacy" on Oct. 13.

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  • Has anyone (other than Mulcair) seen the polls he's referring to? Has anyone seen any polls which contradict his claim?

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 12:28 p.m.  

  • I've seen some poll numbers putting Mulcair ahead. But you can't really trust these polls. I don't even know what methodology they are using. If they are polling the general public then that is meaningless. They need to poll NDP members.

    In any event it's too early to care about polls.

    I have told people in the past (and I still by this) if Mulcair wins the NDP nomination I quit the NDP. I am not going to waste time with the party if it is just going to be a second Liberal Party.

    By Blogger Poyan Nahrvar, at 1:21 p.m.  

  • With 59 MPs from Quebec who most likely either strongly support the Sherbrooke Declaration, or think it doesn't go far enough, I'd say there's little chance of the NDP becoming a second Liberal Party regardless of who wins. If anything, it will turn into BQ-Lite.

    By Blogger Jim R, at 6:26 p.m.  

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