New Democrat MPs will return to the House of Commons Monday after an emotional and divisive weekend that ended up costing Tom Mulcair his job as leader.
Not only does the federal party now have to contend with a potentially divisive leadership race within the next 24 months, it also has to contend with a now very-apparent rift with the governing Alberta NDP.
The two sides did battle over the policy proposals of the “Leap Manifesto,” a left-wing pivot that calls for a number of dramatic measures to ease climate change, including an end to pipeline development and fossil-fuel dependency ideas not popular in oil-rich but job-starved Alberta.
A leadership battle isn’t likely to make matters easier.
Nor will the fact Mulcair plans to remain as leader of the party until a successor is chosen, a decision that could be two years away.
After he failed to garner even a simple plurality in Sunday’s leadership vote, Mulcair says he plans to continue to work on issues in Parliament for as long as necessary.