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Political leader wanted, no experience desired 

By Susan Riley      

It is rare to find a leader who can connect viscerally—someone amiable, unpretentious—who also has an inspiring, intelligent political vision. But if such a person is looking for work, there are jobs in Ottawa.

Meanwhile, the federal NDP may want to file a missing persons report on Tom Mulcair, pictured campaigning in the last federal election in New Brunswick. Their placeholder leader has been barely visible recently, notably missing Barack Obama’s historic address to Parliament. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade

GATINEAU, QUE.—What an odd state of affairs—so many enticing political jobs on offer and so few attractive (sane, even) candidates. Leaders, or would-be leaders, of Britain’s major parties are clamouring for the exits: first the bumptious Boris Johnson, a major voice in the successful Brexit campaign; then Nigel Farage, leader of the right-wing UKIP party, quitting politics after his biggest career coup. They were preceded by Prime Minister David Cameron, who declared his resignation when the Remain campaign

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