NDP leadership candidate Jagmeet Singh is generating a lot of press and -- if reports are to be believed -- a lot of financial support. But, Tim Harper writes, party regulars are full of questions about his candidacy:
Many of those same party stalwarts will also confess to a bit of nervousness about Singh, which indicates they see his ascension to the leadership as a gamble, and if these misgivings are not dislodged — or if they mount closer to voting — it will be clear this race is not yet decided.
There are those who wonder whether it is really wise for the party to try to “out-Trudeau” Trudeau.
They will tell you that Singh’s inexperience on the federal level has shown in debates, and he may be finding the jump from provincial politics to the bigger federal stage more difficult than he thought.
He is vulnerable on a policy proposal that would scrap old age security and roll it into a means-tested seniors benefit, breaking party policy on universality.
And, they wonder, should he win, where he would run? There is no such thing as a safe NDP seat left in this country, and many rue the early days of Jack Layton’s reign when a leader without a seat could not break through with voters by perpetually standing in front of a mike in the Commons foyer.
It would be a milestone if the leader of one of the three major political parties wore a turban. And it would test Canadians' legendary tolerance.
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