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CHEAP SEATS: NDP leaders actually discussing issues



The Canadian federal New Democrats appear set to try something not seen in these parts for a long time, namely base their party leadership race on – hold onto your hats -- actual issues that might matter to Canadians

Granted, they don’t have a television star millionaire or the Crown Prince of Canadian Politics in the race, which means having to shake things up a little bit.

So Sunday, Guy Caron, Charlie Angus, Niki Ashton and Peter Julian squared off in Ottawa and actually talked about issues, like the environment, a lack of affordable housing, the high costs of education and job creation.

They also talked trade, Canada’s relationship with Donald Trump and whether the NDP should be seeking to run the country or just bring about change.

What they didn’t talk about was anyone’s hair, or skin color or bank accounts, although they did discuss how standing up for a woman’s right to wear a face veil cost them votes in 2015 and how they need to find a better way to have that conversation – not avoid it, but have it – in the future.

In other words they did what so many of us have wanted to see our politicians do for years, namely talk rationally and intelligently about issues that matter to people.

Maybe if they do it enough times, more people will actually start to pay attention.

I’m Bill Glisky and that’s the way I see it From the Cheap Seats

From the Cheap Seats can be heard Monday to Friday at 7 a.m., 9 a.m. and noon on 95.5 Hits FM and Cool 100.1


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