If he does win, he has already rejected the suggestion by another leadership candidate, Nathan Cullen, that NDP and Liberal riding associations co-operate at the next election by selecting one "progressive" candidate.
"There are no shortcuts to defeating the Conservatives. We have to present a platform and get more votes than them," he said. "I don't think this idea is attracting a lot of support in our party."
Yet another good reason for those who are serious about replacing the right wing Harper Conservatives as our government not to vote for this candidate. The NDP does not need a man with a close mind to lead it at this historic time. Electing Topp would be taking a chance that the efforts of Jack Layton to break through onto a wider plain were in vain.
If he is so closed to considering valid alternatives, then how can Dippers expect him to react in a positive and innovative way to the Quebec breakthrough?The last thing the NDP needs for the next five years is yesterday's man, and a business as usual mindset.