Bold is the best way forward for a chastened NDP

By Duncan Cameron,, 3 Nov 2015

For the first time since 1988, the NDP is back to a familiar role in Ottawa: third party in the House of Commons.

Party leader Tom Mulcair has promised a committee will be struck of party stalwarts to assess shortcomings in the 2015 election campaign.

Acceptance is the fifth stage of grief (after denial, anger, bargaining and depression). Many NDP supporters are not there yet.

One way of getting at what went wrong is to identify what needs to be done. After falling from 95 seats to 44 and losing its role as Official Opposition a.k.a. government-in-waiting, the NDP needs a new approach to parliamentary business.

The party needs to set an agenda -- for the immediate future and beyond -- that draws the attention of Canadians.


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