By Making Them The Official Oppostion, The Voters Gave The New Democratic Party Of Canada Specific Tasks
The Official Opposition is viewed as the caucus tasked with keeping the government in check. It is also generally viewed as the alternative government or "government in waiting". The Official Opposition maintains a shadow cabinet, with the Leader of the Official Opposition at its head, of Members of Parliament (MPs) and Senators who often have the same portfolios as actual ministers. The spokesperson for each portfolio is known as an opposition critics. Thus, in the event the government loses the confidence of the House or the Official Opposition party wins a general election, the party is ready to become the government."
Despite antagonistic rantings by the pro-Conservative corporate media, the New Democratic Party of Canada was given important tasks by the voters in the last federal election.
The main task assigned to the New Democrats is to provide valid, firm opposition to the governing Conservative Party of Canada. By assigning various Members of Parliament as 'Critics', the Official Opposition will question, debate, dissect and offer alternate views to legislation and policy advanced by the Government.
The second task assigned, is to prepare the personnel, policies and leadership necessary to form government if the voters decide to pass that mandate to us in the next federal election.
The death of Jack Layton has created a situation where the entire membership of the New Democratic Party of Canada has a responsibility to help select the best leader possible to fulfill the task given to us by the voters.
Since the NDP chooses its leader by a 'one member/one vote' process, every party member has a role in the task.
We have to get this one right. It is our job. It is our mandate.
There is always the possibility that regional, ageist, or ideological preferences will factor in the decision made by each voting party member. To choose a leader simply because he or she is from one particular region or because they are either 'young' or 'mature' could go very wrong. Once the field of candidates is known, each candidate should be held up to the question, "who of this field would make the BEST Prime Minister of Canada'? That is our job. That is one of the key factors in the mandate that the voters of Canada gave the New Democratic Party of Canada.
Make your choice carefully.