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Mulcair’s irrational road to nowhere

By Chantal HÉbert      

Tom Mulcair must be a glutton for punishment. Some even believe he could be amenable to being drafted to run for the job he just lost. That sounds crazy but no more so than some of the choices made in Edmonton this weekend. Rational calculations, as recent events have demonstrated, are not always at the root of political decisions.

NDP Leader Tom Mulcair and his wife Catherine Pinhas, pictured April 10 arriving at the convention. The Hill Times photograph by Laura Ryckewaert

MONTREAL—By the time he stood at the podium to address the NDP convention Sunday morning, Thomas Mulcair must have known he was in deep and likely irreversible trouble. It took little more than a minimum of political acumen to pick up the negative signals that preceded the vote on whether to seek a new leader. Mulcair did not lack for antennae in the corridors of the convention. Upon arrival in Edmonton on Thursday, a longtime NDP insider told

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