Andrew Coyne on the modern party leader: Pragmatic, disciplined and without political principles

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What a happy, happy time in Canadian politics. It’s been a long while in the making, and there are a lot of people to thank, but we are on the verge of fulfilling the dream of generations of strategists and political operatives: a politics drained of any remaining differences between the parties, or indeed ideas of any kind.

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The formal move from being an old 20th century socialist party to a modern 21st century social democratic party began under the late Jack Layton, which may prove useful to Tom Mulcair, who remains the subject of suspicion for many NDP traditionalists.

When I reached him in Copenhagen late Thursday, where he is attending a Progressive Governance conference, I asked if he saw himself as a latter day Blair-ite.

‘‘I’m more of a Layton-ite. Jack was pretty good at…

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