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CHELSEA, QUE.—Federal leader Jagmeet Singh isn’t the only New Democrat facing a daunting uphill climb this fall: trying to win a seat, losing veteran MPs to retirement, stumbling into unnecessary controversies. The entire party, federal and provincial, is a mess of contradictory policies, clashing priorities, tired or tentative standard-bearers, and few obvious signs of enthusiasm at the grassroots. Even John Horgan, B.C.’s relatively popular NDP premier, only clings to power thanks to his Green Party allies. There are

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Whither—or is it wither?—the NDP

By Susan Riley       

Trying to please the party's various factions on the pipeline/climate change issue has kept the NDP silent, or disjointed, on a crucial policy front.

Alberta Premier Rachel Notley 'has become almost unrecognizable as a New Democrat,' writes Susan Riley, as she has tried to defend the oilsands industry in national policy debates. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
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