Jack Layton Interview
Well, that was then . . . when Ed Broadbent led the New Democratic Party to its highest showing ever in the 1988 federal election, with a record 43 seats in the House of Commons.
And . . . this is now. Yesterday, the 67-year-old, who quit politics 14 years ago, announced he wants back in the game. He said he plans to run in the next election in his downtown Ottawa riding.
NDP Leader Jack Layton was by Mr. Broadbent's side yesterday as he made the announcement. He's hoping his party can repeat history and re-capture the kind of support it last enjoyed in the 80s. Mr. Layton joined us in studio to talk about this.
Ed Broadbent's re-entry into federal politics is meant to help revive the sagging fortunes of the NDP. The party has seen its presence in the House of Commons dwindle from 20 members in the 1997 election to a dismal 13 in 2000.
And today's political landscape includes other alternatives for people who lean to the left. To look at where the NDP fits into that picture, we were joined by three progressive politicos.
Judy Rebick is a longtime activist and author who is currently the publisher of rabble.ca, an online magazine.
Ayesha Adhami is a social justice activist and a member of Project Threadbare, a group organizing around the detentions of Pakistani men in Toronto.
And Gerry Caplan is the former general secretary of the NDP.