Ed Broadbent is NO elder statesman.


I admit to leaning somewhat left politically. When I was younger I was a card carrying member of the NDP.  Even worked for Dan Heap and Barbara Beardsley. Since moving to Kitchener, I have voted Liberal more than once; the last time voting strategically to stop a Harper majority. So I have more than a passing interest in the NDP leadership race.

I listened to some of the NDP leadership candidates’ speeches Saturday night and Broadbent’s commentary after on CBC’s Politics & Power and TVO’s Agenda. Last night, I lost all respect I ever had for former party leader Ed Broadbent, who had been credited with the most successful election result before Layton led the party to 103 seats in the House last May. No Mulcair’s speech didn’t bomb.

I agree with former party leader Alexa McDonough when she said that she didn’t think any former party leader should take “a sledgehammer” to any of the contestants, considering how it could be used against them by political opponents back in the House of Commons. I also agree with Former MP Lorne Nystrom when he called Broadbent’s comments unbecoming of a former leader.

Broadbent is too vocal a supporter of candidate Brian Topp. Broadbent should never have been so critical of Mulcair in interviews last Saturday. Leave the attack ads to the Harper Conservatives. They have no place in the NDP!

About thebows99krug

Hi, I am Eric, a retired librarian. I was born in St. Michael's Hospital, Toronto and raised in the downtown area north of the Art Gallery, south of the University of Toronto. I went to Orde Street Public School, Harbord C.I., University College at the UofT and the UofT's Faculty of Library and Information Science. I meet my wife Patricia at FLIS; our first date was on November 15, 1968. We were engaged February 14, 1969 and married on June 21, 1969. Our family includes son, James; daughter-in-law, Erin; (both writers), grand-daughters, Vivian and Eleanor; and Sonic, a very friendly ginger tabby. My beloved wife died January 7, 2017 and our 19 year old cat Pooka died January 8, 2017. I would like to hear from any other class of '63 alumni of Harbord C.I. and class of '67 alumni of UofT's University College.
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