We have now heard the first public call for Tom Mulcair's head. Cheri De Novo, an NDP member of the Ontario Legislature, is calling for Mulcair's resignation. Tom Walkom writes:
“He’s got to go,” says Cheri DiNovo who, as MPP for Toronto’s Parkdale-High Park, is one of only two elected New Democrats left standing in Canada’s largest city.
“He’s tainted.”Critics like DiNovo don’t necessarily blame Mulcair for everything that went wrong in the Oct. 19 election — one that saw the NDP lose more than half its seats nationally including all eight in Toronto.
But they blame him for quite a bit.
Until now, Mulcair's critics have remained silent. But those who believed that the New Democrats should be unshakably committed to social democracy are rising in revolt:
A former United Church minister, DiNovo has never been shy about confronting the authorities in her party — including her own provincial leader, Andrea Horwath.
In December she told Star columnist Desmond Cole that Mulcair’s NDP did badly in October largely because it had lost its way — that in its effort to win power, it had abandoned any commitment to social democracy.
A few days later, she made the same points on CBC Radio.
It remains to be seen if the New Democrats under Mulcair have permanently moved to the right. But one thing is certain: all is not well in Dipper Land.