Lorne Nystrom had front seat at NDP leadership convention

March 26, 2012 - 1:33pm
Federal NDP leader Thomas Mulcair. Canadian Press Photo
Federal NDP leader Thomas Mulcair. Canadian Press Photo

A prominent Saskatchewan New Democrat had a front seat to the action at the NDP leadership convention this weekend when Thomas Mulcair was chosen to replace the late Jack Layton.

Lorne Nystrom was a national co-chair for Mulcair's party leadership campaign. 

He says people should not misunderstand Mulcair's intentions because he says the new leader and former Liberal MP is not aiming to bring the NDP more to the centre of the political spectrum.

“The majority of people share our values -- share social democratic values -- but we have to use the kind of language and rhetoric that appeals to that progressive majority of the Canadian people,” Nystrom explained.

Nystrom spent more than 30 years as an NDP Member of Parliament and he says Mulcair is the best choice for party leader because he will be able to retain the groundswell of support in Quebec which led to dramatic results for the party in the last election

He also thinks Mulcair was the most capable candidate when it comes to debating Prime Minister Stephen Harper in Parliament.

Edited by News Talk Radio’s Adriana Christianson