CFN – With the February 18th membership deadline for the New Democratic Party’s spring leadership vote drawing near, Professor Charles Taylor, one of Canada’s preeminent academics and a long-time champion of the NDP in Quebec, released an open letter supporting NDP Deputy Leader Thomas Mulcair in the party’s leadership race.
The letter was sent by email to over 40,000 party members, along with a call for New Democrats to use the four remaining days before the membership cut off to help bolster their party’s ranks.
“Tom has made an invaluable contribution to establishing our party here in Quebec, thanks to his exceptional ability to listen and his sensitivity to the needs and aspirations of his constituents. Looking ahead I think his presence is essential for the party to maintain its momentum—especially after the loss of our extraordinary leader, Jack Layton.”
“But my main reason for supporting Tom is that I believe he is best equipped to convince Canadian voters of the merits of the NDP’s program—as well as the adverse consequences and dangerous policies of the current government. “
Mulcair thanked Taylor for his support saying, “It is truly an honour to receive the support of such a distinguished Canadian as Charles Taylor. He is a philosopher, an educator and an academic whose work is known around the world. Charles Taylor has worked with NDP Leaders from Tommy Douglas to Jack Layton to help develop a place for the Party’s ideals in Quebec. I am humbled by his support.”
The email to members went on to urge New Democrats to join Taylor in supporting Thomas Mulcair and encourage them to sign up new party members “If you believe, like Charles Taylor, that Thomas Mulcair is the candidate who can take our party to the next step, please commit to signing up one new member by February 18th.”
Charles Taylor is the latest in a long and growing list of prominent Canadians supporting Mulcair’s campaign including notable figures such as Manitoba’s first NDP Premier and former Governor General Ed Schreyer, Noble Prize-winning climate scientist Professor Andrew Weaver and former President of the Ontario Federation of Labour Wayne Samuelson.
Professor Charles Taylor is considered Canada’s preeminent philosopher. Professor Taylor has been awarded the prestigious Kyoto and Templeton prizes for his contribution to the field of philosophy and is a Companion of the Order of Canada.