Leadership is beginning to emerge in the New Democratic Party (NDP). A third candidate, Quebecker Guy Caron, confirmed on Monday that he would be on the starting blocks.
The member for Rimouski-Neigette-Temiscouata-Les Basques has presented himself as the candidate of the economy that can find a cure for “economic anxiety” in Canada.
“The duty of the Progressives is to come up with a credible and bold plan to change an economic system that leaves most Canadians behind,” he told a press conference.
“This is my vision, and that must be the challenge of this leadership race,” said Guy Caron under the watchful eye of his wife and two young children.
For the solution to economic uncertainty is not to elect “opportunist leaders” who take advantage of the current situation to rely on policies of “fear” and “division”, he insisted.
“We saw this recently in the United Kingdom, with our neighbors to the south, and we can see it coming in a few months in France and Germany,” the NDP elected official said.
Guy Caron intends to articulate his campaign around what he sees as the two biggest challenges of the 21st century: fighting income inequalities and combating climate change.
The “first brick” of this plan, he revealed on Monday in Gatineau, will be the creation of a basic income for all Canadians, the amount of which will depend on the regions.
With the introduction of the training economist, the NDP leadership race, which has taken a long time to get underway, is beginning to take shape.
The candidacy of Guy Caron is in addition to those of his caucus colleagues Peter Julian of British Columbia and Charlie Angus of Ontario.
They could be joined on the starting blocks by one of their colleagues, Manitoban Niki Ashton, and by the NDP’s deputy leader, Jagmeet Singh, whose names circulate regularly.
A first debate between candidates is scheduled for 12 March. The next leader of the NDP will be known by October.
Party activists demanded a leadership race last April. Gathered in congress in Edmonton, they had shown the door to Thomas Mulcair, who had been in office since 2012.