Friday, September 30, 2011

NDP Leadership Update: Cullen, Dewar, and Singh - wait, who?

Skeena-Bulkley Valley MP Nathan Cullen has announced his intentions; Ottawa Centre MP Paul Dewar will announce Saturday; and local Nova Scotia businessman Martin Singh will announce Saturday as well.

One of these things is not like the other!....

We all know who the former two names are - they were expected to jump in, though as of yet, they have no declared supporters. But who the hell is Martin Singh?

Apparently, he's a local businessman out of Nova Scotia, and head of the NDP's "Faith and Social Justice Commission," kinda similar to the Women's Commission or the First Nations Commissions we have within the Liberals. He lives in Peter Stoffer's riding - who isn't running, by the way - and is apparently "... very active in the Sikh community which is particularly strong in Mississauga and in nearby Brampton." That about sums him up.

I've seen it thrown around that Dewar is supposed to be the "moderate" candidate in the race, but I don't know enough about him, or in fact Nathan Cullen, to say what they are or are not. I don't suspect either will have very much support at the outset, however.

As for Singh - Mississauga and Brampton are likely his after this, and it's exactly the area that the NDP needs to get support in. Is it possible he can ride a wave of popularity to the podium? Probably not - but it's worth a shot, and it's good for the NDP race to feature some diversity.

Finally, Libby Davies has endorsed Brian Topp. That concludes Topp's establishment trifecta - Broadbent (leadership), Romanow (provinces), Davies (caucus). He is the official establishment candidate, the Mitt Romney of the NDP, with worse hair.

No news yet of Mulcair or Julian, but I still weigh them more likely to jump in than not.

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