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Sun Feb 26, 2012, 12:11 PM

I'm convinced.


Thomas Mulcair is Canada's only hope.


http://www.thomasmulcair.ca/site/?lang=en

Meeting with some of the areas most prominent New Democrats, in one of the newer brew pubs, Mulcair moved through the 100 or so people, gracefully meeting and greeting. As one of the lesser lights in the audience, I was surprised when he stopped at our table and introduced himself. I told him my name and expressed some banal words of encouragement. He then took to the podium declaring himself open to any questions.

He went on for the next hour answering with style and authority and the passionately held belief that we could win it. After all this, on his way out, he stopped again at our table and called me by my name. Aside from the various tricks of memory that can be learned, I was at that moment, a true believer.

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CanSocDem Feb 2012 OP
Joe Shlabotnik Feb 2012 #1
JohnyCanuck Feb 2012 #2
Joe Shlabotnik Feb 2012 #3
CanSocDem Feb 2012 #5
murphyj87 Feb 2012 #6
JohnyCanuck Feb 2012 #4

Response to CanSocDem (Original post)

Sun Feb 26, 2012, 03:34 PM

1. I think I'm in the Mulclair camp.

I had to research on my own most of the candidates, because they're so poorly represented by the Canadian press and many have short resumes. Although initially I liked Dewar and Cullen, I've come to support Mulclair. I think we're going to need someone tough going forward. His baggage will obviously be used against him in attack ads, but he's a warrior who'll fight back, and just that aspect alone will rally people to him and against Harper's wooden, slimy, smarmy duplicity. Harper would wither like a blade of grass in a head to head confrontation.

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Response to CanSocDem (Original post)

Sun Feb 26, 2012, 03:51 PM

2. Following the money: Is Bay Street backing Thomas Mulcair?



SNIP

What I found out about Mulcair's donors should be of interest to NDP members and to everyone watching and covering this leadership race. On a first scan of the list of contributors to Mulcair's campaign, one name jumped off the page: billionaire and Bay Street heavyweight Gerald W. Schwartz.

"Gerry" Schwartz was a co-founder of CanWest Global Communications and is the current CEO of Onex Corporation, where Munk serves as a managing director. Schwartz has an estimated net worth of $1 billion, and has been called "the face of Canadian capitalism" and "Canada's most influential person."

In the 1980s, Schwartz was a major donor and key figure for the Liberals, but also exerted influence on the Mulroney Conservative government. Stephen Clarkson describes Schwartz's intervention in the 1988 federal election in his classic study of the Liberal Party, The Big Red Machine:

"In Toronto, the prominent billionaire businessman Gerald Schwartz took charge of fundraising, pleading with executives that, while they might not like Turner's position on free trade, they should still shell out generously, lest the socialist NDP sneak up the middle to exert a controlling voice in a minority government."

http://rabble.ca/blogs/bloggers/derrick/2012/02/following-money-bay-street-backing-thomas-mulcair

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Response to JohnyCanuck (Reply #2)

Sun Feb 26, 2012, 05:08 PM

3. Bay street will max out its donations to any viable candidate

from every party. I sensed a bit of hatchet job on Mulclair in this article over $500-$1200 donations. If in fact corporations are pooling money through individual donors, then they are capable of doing the same for every candidate of every party, and likely are. Its small change to ensure that they've somehow covered every winning bet. This would be a bigger issue prior to Chretien's campaign finance reform, that really stuck it to Paul Martin and crippled the old big money Liberal donors like Paul Desmarais.

Don't get me wrong, I'm not some die hard Mulclair supporter, I just think given the field of candidates, he's the meanest SOB that will inflict the most damage on the Conservatives.

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Response to Joe Shlabotnik (Reply #3)

Mon Feb 27, 2012, 09:28 AM

5. Good points.



It is clear that the main opposition to Mulcair will come from Liberals.

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Response to CanSocDem (Reply #5)

Mon Feb 27, 2012, 05:23 PM

6. The entire NDP Cabinet...

The entire NDP Cabinet of Nova Scotia is backing Thomas Mulcair.

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Response to CanSocDem (Original post)

Sun Feb 26, 2012, 07:26 PM

4. Mulcair loses my vote for being another Israel/Zionist brown noser.

Looks like he is another proponent of the "Israel can do no wrong and who gives a rat's ass about the Palestinians and the occupation and theft of their land" attitude.

“I am an ardent supporter of Israel in all situations and in all circumstances.” Mulcair quoted in Canadian Jewish News, May 1st, 2008
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From Inependent Jewish Voices:
Thomas Mulcair is well known in Quebec. But except for readers of pro-Israel newspapers like the Canadian Jewish News and the Jewish Tribune, people in Quebec and English Canada are not familiar with his unquestioning support for Israel.

It is Mulcair’s single-minded support of Israel that has been a major factor behind the NDP’s equivocation when it comes to supporting Palestinian human rights and applying international law to the Israel/Palestine conflict. Since his bye-election victory in 2007 in Outremont and his subsequent appointment as deputy NDP leader, he has used his influence in the NDP caucus to stymie Members of Parliament who wanted to support initiatives like the 2006 NDP Policy Resolution on Israel/Palestine, which spoke out against Israeli injustices.

In 2008 Mulcair led a caucus revolt against Jack Layton when Layton criticized the Harper government’s decision not to participate in the United Nations Conference on Racism. Mulcair agreed with the Conservatives’ declaration, echoing Israeli government statements, that the conference was “anti-semitic” because of it made mention of certain Israeli injustices.

Mulcair was later successful in muting NDP criticism of the January 2009 Israeli bombardment of Gaza, which killed 1400 civilians, as well as the subsequent Israeli attack on the Gaza Flotilla, which killed 9.

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Independent Jewish Voices believes that at a time when the Conservatives and Liberals are vying to see who can be more pro-Israeli and when Stephen Harper is tarnishing Canada’s reputation by defending every Israeli outrage on the international stage, it is vitally important for the NDP to choose a leader who will support peace, international law and human rights in Israel/Palestine. In our view, Thomas Mulcair’s kneejerk support for Israel, regardless of how it behaves, demonstrates that he is not such a leader.

http://ijvcanada.org/2011/thomas-mulcair-israel-right-or-wrong/

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