Archive for the ‘Politics/NDP’ Category

In Ontario and New Brunswick, the NDP go back to populist roots — with much moaning and whining

- June 19th, 2014

We all know about the soi-disant “high-profile” New Democrats who complained in the middle of the recently concluded Ontario election that NDP leader Andrea Horwath had abandoned core NDP principles and, as a result was risking core NDP votes in a crucial election. They “leaked” a letter on May 23 in which they scolded Horwath, saying  ”you are abandoning those values and constituencies that the party has always championed.”  My Parliamentary Press Gallery colleague Tim Harper pithily described this as “a manifesto that reads like it was written at an Annex dinner party that went one bottle of red over the line.” In other words, this was the whining of your downtown Toronto NDP, a certain species of New Democrat that has, at times, been more trouble than it’s worth to a party that was born of Prairie populism and sober down-home common-sense 50 years ago. Read more…

NDP loses top party boss to Chow campaign

- March 26th, 2014

Nathan Rotman

Nathan Rotman, pictured above at last year’s Toronto Centre NDP nomination meeting, announced this morning he is leaving his job as executive director of the federal NDP to return to Toronto and join the team trying to help make Olivia Chow the mayor of Toronto. Read more…

Flashback: Cressy storms the House of Commons

- March 24th, 2014

Cressy
Joe Cressy hopes to make it into the House of Commons this year as the new MP for Trinity-Spadina, replacing Olivia Chow who resigned her seat to run for mayor in Toronto. I first met Cressy in 2009 in that very same chamber but on that day, he was part of a group of about 120 protesters who, in the middle of Question Period stood up and started hollering questions at the government from the public gallery. That’s a very big no-no House-of-Commons-procedure-wise and an army of security guards ended up dragging the protesters out. I was sitting in the House of Commons press gallery that day and Read more…

Me and Tom Mulcair: How will the NDP win in 2015?

- January 16th, 2014

“Young people are very involved. They’re the most engaged generation in our history. And yet they don’t see what happens in this place [the House of Commons] as being very relevant. That’s where we come in.” – NDP Leader Thomas Mulcair.

The 2013 Mulcair Christmas Card

- December 4th, 2013

Thomas Mulcair Christmas card front

Just arrived in the office, the official Christmas Card from the Leader of the Official Opposition Thomas Mulcair and his wife Catherine Pinhas. Adds to the set from Prime Minister Stephen Harper and his family and from Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau and his family. Read more…