One year ago, Jagmeet Singh was being hoisted into the air at a packed Toronto hotel as NDP leadership results rolled in.
The Queen’s Park politician was billed as a charismatic, dynamic injection of energy desperately needed for the federal wing of his party following two years of political losses.
The Ontario PC Party led by Doug Ford won a landslide majority with 61% of the seats, and 41% of the popular vote in the Ontario election.
But in Jagmeet Singh’s world, that somehow means that Doug Ford and Conservatives are fringe candidates, while he somehow represents the majority.
The Ontario NDP has fired one of its staff members and stopped paying two others salary and benefits after they complained of human rights violations by their NDP MPP bosses, the workers’ union says.
The Canadian Office and Professional Employees Union (COPE), which represents Ontario NDP staff, issued a blistering news release Tuesday accusing the party under Leader Andrea Horwath of secretly “attacking” its own staff while publicly supporting workers’ rights
The federal New Democratic Party’s financial health deteriorated last year, with the party’s balance sheet showing it finished 2017 deeper in the red than it has been for at least 16 years.
The annual financial return, filed with Elections Canada, shows the party finished the year with assets worth $6.2 million and with liabilities totalling over $9 million, leaving the party with negative net assets of $3.1 million.
Singh’s tweet was met with incredulous anger from many Twitter users. Many people expressed anger that the leader of Canada’s left-wing third party would praise a staunch Republican conservative who supported military interventions around the world. Most of the criticism appeared to come from people with progressive politics, who may be traditional supporters of the NDP.
Everybody hates a traitor.
A former Ontario PC candidate who says he was falsely accused of sending a threatening email just days before the provincial election has launched a $2.45 million libel and defamation lawsuit against Ontario NDP Leader Andrea Horwath, his former employer Toronto Police Services and others, according to his statement of claim.
Roshan Nallaratnam’s bombshell lawsuit accuses Horwath, the NDP and others of engaging in a dirty tricks, “politically-motivated hit job” to turn voters against him in the hotly-contested Scarborough-Guildwood riding.
I believe it was a theory in the early days of Jagmeet Singh’s rise to the top of the NDP (a hillock, not a mountain) that he was just the man to take on Justin Trudeau, on Mr. Trudeau’s own turf. The word “natty” occurred a lot in those assessments, there being a whole harvest of articles about Mr. Singh’s fastidious personal style. No less an oracle than BuzzFeed — Debrett’s for Valley girls — declared him the “most stylish politician in Canada by like a million kilometres” (a whole lot).
Green Leader Elizabeth May says the decision is an extension of a “leader’s courtesy,” a long-standing Canadian parliamentary tradition that facilitates a newly elected party leader’s entry to the House of Commons in an unopposed byelection.
Jagmeet Singh’s days as federal NDP leader have been so ill-starred you almost feel sorry for the guy.
That’s not a good thing. Politicians want to look bold, decisive and successful, not confused, unlucky and accident-prone. Singh can’t get a break. The last good thing that happened to him was winning the New Democratic Party leadership race 10 months ago, and so much has gone wrong since then you have to wonder whether he wishes he’d never entered.
Notley was so critical of Singh that at times I had to pinch myself to make sure I wasn’t interviewing United Conservative Party Leader Jason Kenney
Notley is fighting for her political life. Her’s will likely be a single term government.
Almost a year after he was elected as the leader of the NDP, Jagmeet Singh is running for a seat in the House of Commons.
Pandemonium is the best word to describe the goings-on at the Ontario Legislature last week.
NDP Opposition Leader Andrea Horwath verbally threw the kitchen sink at Premier Doug Ford, wildly making allegations Ford had a secret plot on municipal elections, acted like a dictator and carried out and engaged in the “most anti-democratic action this province has seen in years.”
I hope she keeps her “Batshit Crazy” going.
Things are getting dark for the federal NDP.
We’re talking Sylvia Plath reading Friedrich Nietzsche in a black hole with Radiohead playing on the radio. Or, if you want that translated into politics, it’s 1993 and the NDP are the Progressive Conservatives, on track to have their federal caucus fit into a phone booth. No, make that a coffin.
He’s refusing a cheque until the party “significantly” improves its coffers.
Whatever you believe concerning the recent cuts in the Toronto municipal council, Horwath’s remarks are unsubstantiated, as Ford is fully within his legal jurisdictions to actualize such a move.