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Heading into October, gone are the halcyon days of the NDP ‘Orange Crush’

By Tim Powers      

The party might be engaged in a clever form of psychological warfare where in fact it has built a Trojan horse, or it may truly be out of steam. Let us hope not, as the NDP is good for Canadian democracy.

NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh, pictured speaking to media in the West Block. Singh comes across as genuine and that could come through in the election, or voters may see him as too much of a carbon copy of the prime minister, writes Tim Powers. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade

OTTAWA—One of the strangest things heading into the 2019 federal election is the lack of conversation surrounding the NDP. Not since the last days of Alexa McDonough have the New Democrats been such an afterthought in the public dialogue. Maybe that changes in October, but right now it feels like the NDP and their supporters have thrown in the towel.

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