The role of the official opposition is important, and leadership of that party equally so. While I'm not a member of the New Democratic Party, and therefore don't get a vote on their leadership, I still thought it would be helpful to provide a reasonably brief overview of the candidates for the position, so that the rest of you have an idea who to vote, hope, pray, or otherwise pull for.
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Mr. Dewar was raised as a Catholic, but currently takes exception to many Church positions such as those on: same-sex marriage, birth control, and women's rights. For the last four years or so, he has been attending the United Church.
Because of his lackluster legislative career, I am given to doubt his success in the leadership contest.
There are, of course, other candidates, but for the most part, they are all somewhat par for the course. Martin Singh is a businessman and a convert to Sikhism with no political career to speak of. Thomas Muclair is an MP from Quebec with little national experience other than being co-Deputy Leader under Layton. There were two other candidates who I could find even less information on than that: Peggy Nash, and Brian Topp.