That being said, many within the federal NDP despise him, believe he has a bad temper, and see him as a Tory/Liberal wearing NDP clothing.
If he does win (the leadership contest is on the third ballot at the moment), the Conservatives will have a formidable opponent as Canada's official opposition leader and the Liberals will continue to be relegated to the third-party nothingness.
He could be Canada's next PM in 2015.
Globe and Mail wrote:
The NDP is about to head in a new direction, led by a Quebec native who was a former Liberal. It will be an exciting – and risky – departure for a party that previously had been comfortable representing the one in five or six voters who cast ballots for the party of labour and of certain university political science departments.
But now that the NDP is the Official Opposition, its 130,000 members – or at least the 50 per cent of them who cast ballots – appear determined to entrench the gains of the last election and use them as a springboard to become the government.
And they appear to be on the cusp of asking outsider Thomas Mulcair to get them there.
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