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The danger and promise of frank talk in fraught times 

By Susan Riley      

Moral clarity is difficult in an political environment so riddled with ironies. It is unusual that the New Democratic Party, party of progressive policies and United Church values, is wrestling with accusations of racism and sexism.

Ontario MPP Jagmeet Singh, right, is under fire for his religion in Quebec, while the fact that he is a strong supporter of LBGTQ rights, and a brace of other socially progressive ideas, is hardly mentioned. The Hill Times photograph Andrew Meade
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GATINEAU, QUE.—By some accounts, politicians and public figures live in dangerous times—only one glib remark, or one youthful mistake, away from pubic disgrace, even career suicide. But it isn’t that simple. Consider the troubling story of Wab Kinew, former broadcaster, author and now the leader of the New Democratic Party of Manitoba. Kinew’s victory two weeks ago should have been a triumph, not only for him, but for Canada’s Indigenous people. Articulate, handsome, and engaging, he looks like

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