Tom Mulcair is looking for all the support he can get at this weekend’s N-D-P convention in Edmonton.
Sunday, the delegates will vote on whether they want to keep him as their leader following the party’s poor showing in the fall election.
And now Mulcair is facing a possible feud with Alberta’s governing New Democrats over the so-called “Leap Manifesto” — a party policy proposal that rejects pipeline development and calls for Canada to eventually wean itself off fossil fuels.
Premier Rachel Notley will address the convention Saturday, and she’s been adamant that building a pipeline from the oilsands to tidewater is critical to Alberta as it struggles with depressed oil prices.
There is open hostility toward the Leap Manifesto from within the Alberta N-D-P, and Mulcair has taken flack for any suggestion of support for the plan.
Mulcair told the The Canadian Press it’s dangerous to characterize the Leap Manifesto as being about shutting down the oil sands, adding he would never support that — nor is it stated in the document itself.
Meantime, it’s believed Mulcair needs at least 70-percent support to maintain leadership of the federal party.
He says despite a bitter federal election defeat, his leadership is still valuable because he provides a powerful voice for the party, and for Canadians.
(The Canadian Press)