Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Brian Topp as NDP Leader?

What?
One of Jack Layton's closest advisers is emerging as a surprise front-runner to pick up the torch from the fallen NDP leader.


Party president Brian Topp is receiving a lot of encouragement to join the impending race to succeed Layton, who died on Monday, insiders say.

Topp is one of the key architects of Layton's success and was among the last of Layton's tight-knit inner circle to speak with him before his death.
He of kiddie liberal fame? He who attempts to pass off utterly partisan articles as unbiased journalism?

Well, I won't deny he'd be an interesting match-up against Mulcair and the other prospective candidates; however the man is not charismatic and will have virtually no name recognition beyond political insiders. Plus, he is a political insider, one of the best and deepest. That also means he'll come with lots of baggage as one of those "party elites." I'm not sure how the Tories will spin that, but they'll do it in a very effective way.

That reminds me; remember those commercials we played during the Orange Wave, noting Layton's career in politics and so on? Does anyone else think that theme could have been played upon more effectively had we started it earlier? I think it might've.

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  2. Plus, he is a political insider, one of the best and deepest. That also means he'll come with lots of baggage as one of those "party elites." I'm not sure how the Tories will spin that, but they'll do it in a very effective way.

    Brian Topp. Political insider. He didn't become the leader for you. ;)

    The article points out one of the problems with a one-member-one-vote system.

    From the article:

    "Under the NDP's constitution, every member of the party will be able to vote for a new leader. The results are not weighted to give equal clout to ridings or regions.

    "Provinces where the party's membership is highest — British Columbia, Ontario, Saskatchewan and Manitoba — will have the biggest say in determining who succeeds Layton. Quebec, at the moment, has the fewest members and, therefore, the least influence."

    It'll be interesting to see how this all turns out.

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