Letter from ou frequent contributor, William Perry.
EMOTION ASIDE, This is where I am coming from:
The NDP is a party made of varied and arguably strange components, but in essence can be broken down to two major factions, the radicals and the pragmatists. These factions are personified by Layton’s two deputy leaders, Libby Davies and Thomas Mulcair.
At the heart of it all, has always been a reluctance by the New Democrats to look hard at it’s direction and how the party defines itself, specifically the Branding around one personality – Jack’s. With Jack Layton’s health challenges, it highlights the need to expand that leadership base.
You may not agree with me on 99.96 percent of the issues, however as a long time NDPer (42 years and counting), I think it’s a case of the power struggles going on in the party, and an opportunity to “fix it”. I just think that there are a few folks who have been in politics a long time, who want the power and will likely not care how reckless they will become to get it.
In this regard, the New Democratic Party is vulnerable.