Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Mulcair In, Julian Out

Well, I got one of the two right:
Quebec NDP MP Thomas Mulcair will be among those vying for his party's leadership, Radio-Canada has learned.

The Official Opposition's deputy leader is preparing to make the announcement some time next week. Mulcair said early on that he was receiving encouragement from across the country to enter the contest to fill the leadership void left by Jack Layton's death in August.

He has also indicated that he wouldn't announce a decision until he had a leadership team in place.

British Columbia MP Peter Julian, meanwhile, announced Tuesday that he will not run for the leadership. He said he had left the door open to the idea but after consulting with fellow NDP MPs, party members and others in the social, environmental and labour movements, he reached a decision.

"Like many other New Democrats, I have been asking myself and others how best to continue the legacy of Jack Layton as we move forward to government in 2015. I have decided that my role is to continue my work as interim caucus chair at this key point in our history and, as industry critic, to continue our work with the other significant economic roles in our shadow cabinet to put in place strong alternatives to the current government on jobs and the economy," Julian said in a statement.
So, where does that leave the five MPs who endorsed Julian? Given that I believe Julian could have ended up as a "compromise candidate," like Dion, or Stelmach, and so on, who knows. Maybe certain MPs that endorsed Julian, like Sitsabaiesan or Masse or Atamanenko, could jump to Dewar's ship, or maybe even Topp's. It'll be interesting to see where they go.

As for Mulcair, I'm not surprised at all. He had to jump in, he's Quebec's favourite son, and they need a standard bearer.

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