Angus’s leadership run approaches end
Federal leadership candidates for the new democratic party can finally see the home stretch.
Online voting opens on monday, the same day that mailin ballots have to be sent in.
the next step is a showcase in hamilton, where the four remaining candidates will have 22 minutes to sway voters.
the first ballot results will be announced on Oct. 1 in toronto, the second ballot in montreal on Oct. 8, and the third ballot in Ottawa on Oct. 15.
For Charlie angus, mp for timmins-james bay, this means one final push to get out the vote.
“this is where the rubber hits the road,” said angus on tuesday. “We’re pulling votes cross-country right now.”
angus said he’s focused on a positive campaign – a message he’ll bring to the capital if he’s elected leader of the ndp.
“i’m not going to Ottawa to bash (prime minister) Justin trudeau.”
instead, angus would focus on working with him. he’d also continue to work with candidates Guy Caron and niki ashton (Jagmeet singh is an mpp with the legislative assembly of Ontario).
“i have the utmost respect for my colleagues,” said angus. “people have talked about how we treat each other with respect, and it’s been a campaign of ideas, which i find is a positive alternative to some of the kind of politics we see in this country, and it’s the kind of politics i want to bring to Ottawa.”
if angus wins the race – which he described as “ridiculously long” – he’s already got a transition team he’s talking with to stay focused on getting results in parliament while working towards the election.
If he loses, it’s back to work for the constituents of timmins-james bay.
“If i’m not successful, i have learned a great deal on this campaign. i feel that i’ve handled myself with the dignity and responsibility of public office.”
Jagmeet singh made headlines most recently for responding calmly to a heckler who accused him of being an islamic extremist.
Singh is sikh, but he chose to emphasize a welcoming environment, telling the heckler, “We love you, we support you.”
Guy Caron, meanwhile, was elected during the 2011 “orange wave” caused by then-leader Jack layton. he pledged that electoral reform will be the first act of his government.
Niki ashton – a multilingual manitoban who is due to give birth to twins in november – is calling for justice for indigenous peoples, an elimination of tuition fees and an end to the oppression of racial communities in Canada.
Angus said the biggest thing he’s learned from the campaign, which he kicked off in February, was that the country has so much potential.
“But what i’ve also learned is there’s a growing uncertainty, because people find the economic realities of massive levels of student debt, the downsizing of work, the perpetual … economy that people are being thrust into, they’re looking to Ottawa to have their back, and Ottawa is very disconnected from the real economies of ordinary people.”