Curtis has provided us with an interesting analysis on Ashton’s chances in the leadership race. But we will have to agree to disagree on this one. This generation of NDPers are disciples of the Gary Doer school of politics and if he has taught them anything during the last two decades is that they need to be pragmatic (read centrist) and pick someone who can appeal to the general public. Ashton will have his supporters, knows how to play the game and will get respectable results, but it won’t be enough.
As for the firefighter union’s record on picking winners. Ouch!