Nathan Cullen seems to be finding his niche as the controversy candidate in the federal NDP leadership race.
His first idea to hold joint nomination meetings quickly moved him to the bottom of a number of peoples ballots, but I’m reconsidering him given his latest statement
Hold a plebiscite on the future of the monarchy in conjunction with a referendum on voting reform. This would be the first time citizens have been asked about whether the monarchy plays a valuable role in 21st Century Canada. It’s hoped the results would guide Parliament and legislatures on Constitutional changes, should Canadians indicate a desire for change.
Wow, I didn’t know Cullen was a republican, although he ironically referred to himself as a democrat in an interview with The Tyee. Anyone who says the monarchy “irks” them is good in my books.
He does note that the monarchy issue is a “distracting” debate and that there are more pressing issues that he’d deal with.
See also: The Globe and Mail.