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From: Dorise Barrett - Posted: 25-Jan-12 - 13:01
I could not agree more. Peggy Nash is also my choice as the next Leader for the NDP. I have listened to the other candidates. I believe they demonstrate obvious dedication and would bring sincere ideas to the Party, however, I believe Peggy Nash would bring a new dynamic to the Federal Party.
From: Joe - Posted: 26-Jan-12 - 11:21
Thank you for a thoughtful article on Peggy Nash. She does, indeed, have sterling credentials which would be noteworthy to 'core' NDPers.
However, if the NDP is to mone forward, it must embrace a broader spectrum beyond that of the hard-core unionist. I, too, have been a member of a labour union for most of my life. I enjoyed the many benefits which it offered me. But, I also saw close-up the myopia of colleagues, which condemned our acceptance in the outside world: we arrogantly considered ourselves above non-union neighbours. Then, we wondered why non-union people disliked us. (Ironically, most of my better-off union colleagues voted Conservative).
It is worth re-reading and head-scratchung about that last one.
We are living in times requiring broader approaches, and much, much more subtlety in negotiations and long-term thinking.
Probably the only person who could be Prime Minister as head of NDP is Gerard Kennedy. Think about it: a broad base, a track record, proven credentials, acceptance as a trench-worker for the 99%. He could, appropriately, run in Jack Layton's seat.
I have voted for various parties, and always for intellectuals who put people first. I am one of those people whom the NDP need in years ahead.
The NDP will earn my very active support when it broadens the base to reach out to non-union workers, farmers, and small business operators.
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