Overheard this week: “Libs turning NDP”

Momentum keeps building for New Democrats across the country — and Sun columnist David Akin noticed an emerging trend:

“New Democrats in Ottawa are walking with an extra spring in their steps this week and it’s not just because of the big win last week by Rachel Notley’s Alberta NDP. In the last week, two Ontario municipal politicians, including a mayor, have said goodbye to their Liberal Party of Canada membership cards and signed up to be candidates in this fall’s general election for Thomas Mulcair’s NDP.”

 

— David Akin,

Toronto Sun (May 13, 2015)

Here’s what those municipal leaders had to say about their move from the Liberal Party to Tom Mulcair’s NDP:

“C-51 was the big one for me. I was real red. I’m really proud of the work I did as a Liberal. But when I turned on the TV I just kept seeing Tom Mulcair talking about the issues that were important to me. Trudeau seems to be stuck in neutral.”

— John Fenik, Mayor of Perth, ON, Toronto Sun (May 13, 2015)

"Some time ago I realized that I no longer see my values reflected in that party. We cannot manage the complex challenges of our country's future through policies created in the past."

— Diane Freeman, Waterloo ON City Councillor,

Waterloo Region Record (May 7, 2015)

With only five months until the next election, New Democrats will continue to work hard – to earn the trust of Canadians and unite progressives behind Tom Mulcair’s experienced leadership.