On the single most important issue facing the opposition parties in the next 3 years or so, Thomas Mulcair has come down strongly on one side of the issue, with both Jack Layton and Nathan Cullen clearly on the other.
Both Jack and Nathan believed in cooperation to remove a minority Harper new Tory government.
Thomas has set his mind against this, both before, during and after an election.
The Layton/Cullen approach would mean the chances are very high that Canada would in 2014 or 2015 have a new government to replace the right wing Conservative government.
But because Mulcair is marching to a different drummer, with a different timetable in mind, having Mulcair as the new NDP leader rather than Nathan Cullen means that we will probably have Harper as Prime Minister for the next 7 years and perhaps even 11 years.
And believe me, as Harper once boasted, we won't recognize Canada when he's done!
Let's just hope that the Dippers really want a progressive government in Canada, and choose accodingly.