Friday, 23 March 2012
With the Liberal Party of Canada led at least on an interim basis by former Ontario NDP Premier Bob Rae the line between the two parties is becoming more blurred every day. The difference is Bob Rae really is a Liberal and has the skill and experience to lead a Liberal Party. Thomas Mulcair is not a Socialist and will if elected leader transform the NDP into a New Liberal Party. We can expect internal divisions in a Mulcair led NDP and note Mr. Mulcair's temperamental nature which is not suited to reconciling the differences. The NDP can choose a safe route electing a more traditional NDPer to lead but in so doing will be on the road back to third party status instead of Government. There are other options but it is a tough choice whichever option is selected.