Sunday, November 6, 2011

Fissures in the NDP

Just months after winning their best results ever, the NDP faces something of an internal crisis. It seems everywhere one looks the NDP is cracking and weakening. From MPs Bruce Heyer, and John Rafferty, who broke ranks with their party last week to vote in favour of ending the long gun registry, to Nycole Turmel, interim leader, directly contradicting her Shipbuilding critic, Peter Stoffer. Then you have their leadership race. It’s already full of backstabbing, accusations and counter accusations. Frontrunner Thomas Mulclair says the backroom party elite are running a “Whisper Campaign” against him. But perhaps that’s just his paranoia, earlier this year he expressed doubts over whether the U.S. had actually killed Osama Bin Laden. The more the NDP is subjected to the national spotlight, the more clear it becomes that this is not a party ready to govern itself, much less the country. Thrust to prominence on a wave of support, the NDP will likely sink back into obscurity in the election of 2015 unless they start acting like a mature party.

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