If Thomas Mulcair were leading a party with a stronger killer instinct, he might be fighting for his political life by now.
MONTREAL — Canada’s New Democrats have a history of patiently playing the long game, a virtue — some would argue — that has at least partly been borne out of electoral necessity.
In contrast with their Liberal cousins, it is not in their culture to turn their knives on a leader at the first signs of potential trouble.
Given the miserable summer the party is having, that’s fortunate for NDP leader Thomas Mulcair. If he were leading a party with a strong killer instinct he might be fighting for his political life by now.
Mulcair may not be contending with a mutiny but he may have to grip his ship’s wheel with both hands if he is to stay the centrist course he has set the NDP on, for he is sailing in increasingly choppy waters.
In politics, the success of a strategy is inevitably measured in votes and, so far, Mulcair’s approach is yielding negative returns.
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