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NDP discord shows lack of focus, poor caucus management from Singh, say insiders

By Samantha Wright Allen      

While MPs present a united front, party sources say Jagmeet Singh’s punishment of veteran MP David Christopherson reveals poor communication and weak relationships with some in caucus. Backing off was the right first step to rebuilding trust.

NDP leader Jagmeet Singh, seen entering a caucus retreat in January in Ottawa with press secretary James Smith, faced public backlash from his caucus after he stripped veteran MP David Christopherson of his committee vice-chair post for not voting in line with the party, but the group is now presenting a united front. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
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NDP leader Jagmeet Singh's clash with caucus last week reveals his team has neglected caucus management and good lines of communication that party sources say may have a lasting impact with an anxious caucus still getting to know their leader, who only recently made the jump from provincial to federal politics. Mr. Singh and NDP MPs are presenting a united front now after he reversed punishment of veteran MP David Christopherson for voting against the party. Mr. Singh

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