Based on this speech and the speeches I’ve heard from other NDP candidates, Niki Ashton is now my favourite for NDP leader.
I’ve been waiting for a candidate to boldly try to take the party to the left, and Niki Ashton is doing that and saying that pretty clearly.
She’s channeling a lot of Bernie Sanders and pushing for very bold, very progressive policies and language. Was very pleased to see her describe herself as a democratic socialist. The NDP has lost its way in recent years, and I do feel that with her at the helm it could become a real force for progressive change in Canada. Not ‘Liberal-lite’ as it appeared to be in the last election under Mulcair.