NDP leadership race #125

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It is strange that Mulcair won't submit to an interview on P&P before the convention - although he's been on P&P many times in the past, and I think once last year after he entered the leadership race, maybe it was last October? But that was long ago, before the campaign really began in earnest. I wonder what he's thinking? I wonder if watched P&P last night and saw Rosie Barton's appeal to him specifically - this was actually the second time she's done this, by the way (her first appeal to Mulcair was in either January or February). Considering the viewership of P&P, I don't think Mulcair is doing himself any favours by ignoring these requests to appear on P&P.  That said, is it proper for Rosie Barton to make these public appeals for a candidate to appear on P&P? All the candidates have appeared on P&P so far (Mulcair last October). I think the best interviews were with Peggy Nash and Robert Chisholm - I've come to really like because of him because of his interviews, despite his faults especially lack of French. Cullen was a good interview, too, as was Romeo Saganash. I was appalled at Martin Singh's interview yesterday - he's still on this Brian Topp thing.

Gaian

TO REPEAT;

JoshD wrote:

CBC's The Current are saying that Mulcair is the only candidate who would do an interview with them, also Mulcair has turned down being on CBCs Power & Politics and The House. This is not an attempt to put Tom down (I am volunteering for his campaign) but isn't this a bit strange? He appeared on Sun News and CTV for interviews but nothing on CBC. What's the angle?

Answer:

Consider the number of ways in which Tom Mulcair's involvement in politics - beginning with a youthful commitment to the only social democratic movement in Quebec, the PQ - has been used hereabouts by those interested only in smearing him.With no empathy or understanding at all for the battle lines provincially. What do you think Evan and company would do - to the apparent satisfaction of even some old, ideology-driven New Democrats?

Tom's won his spurs in a political arena much toughter and more astute - fighting the case for federalism and beating out the PQ in the name of Canadian unity, which the nasties tend to ignore. He has been waiting a long while for the opportunity to bring social democrats in Quebec together with their like-minded, English-speaking cohort elsewhere.

James Laxer understands the historic opportunity. It's unfortunate that not all memories reach back to the golden age of missed nationalist opportunity, do not understand that the battle that Trudeau fought - and now Dion - is passe'.

No, the veteran understands the biased and ahistorical challenges waiting for him in the MSM. The replies would require far, far more time than would be allowed. The questions are all represented here in a few thousand shallow postings.

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Michelle

Well, that's the way the media is these days.  If you can't handle it, then you shouldn't be leader.  Jack did a pretty good job of handling the media, and it's not like they weren't gunning against him all the time.  You wouldn't have seen him hiding from a highly-rated politics show on the CBC.

josh

Gaian wrote:
TO REPEAT; JoshD wrote: CBC's The Current are saying that Mulcair is the only candidate who would do an interview with them, also Mulcair has turned down being on CBCs Power & Politics and The House. This is not an attempt to put Tom down (I am volunteering for his campaign) but isn't this a bit strange? He appeared on Sun News and CTV for interviews but nothing on CBC. What's the angle? Answer: Consider the number of ways in which Tom Mulcair's involvement in politics - beginning with a youthful commitment to the only social democratic movement in Quebec, the PQ - has been used hereabouts by those interested only in smearing him.With no empathy or understanding at all for the battle lines provincially. What do you think Evan and company would do - to the apparent satisfaction of even some old, ideology-driven New Democrats?

So what's his excuse for not coming on here and answering questions? It wouldn't be the PQ issue.

 

MegB

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