Goodbye Howie, Hello Rumours
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Goodbye Howie, Hello Rumours

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Ever since Howard Hampton announced his decision to resign as leader of the Ontario New Democratic Party last month, there has been much speculation as to who will run as his successor. So far, both Gilles Bisson and Peter Tabuns have announced their intent to vie for the spot, and Michael Prue and Andrea Horwath are expected to throw their fluorescent-orange hats in the ring anytime now.
These contenders are career politicians, lifelong Dippers who are loyal to the party’s cause but offer no sense of revitalization. Odds are we will be getting one of those four people as leader come 2009, but the leftist online community is filled with juicy—albeit highly implausible—rumours of people who could potentially be running…maybe…doubtfully.
After the jump are four of the most ridiculous, why they’re so far fetched.

Sarah Polley

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We have to admit, this would simultaneously be awesome and a terrible shame. Awesome, because it’s Sarah Polley! A shame, because Polley has become Canada’s answer to Sofia Coppola (minus the family connections), and has essentially brought a bright shining spotlight onto the Canadian film scene. Everybody loved Away From Her, and seeing her drop all that to become the leader of ONDP would be a great loss. Maybe if she waited a decade or so and gets some terrible movies under her belt we could accept it.

Adam Giambrone

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This one is a tough call. We wouldn’t be surprised if Giambrone’s ambitions lie further than municipal government, but at this juncture Giambrone could be a slightly controversial figure to the Canadian left. While many think that he handled the TTC strike quite well (giving him national exposure), going against a union is often a bad idea for any NDP hopeful. Compared to the rest of our list, however, this wouldn’t be entirely out of the question—only unexpected.

David Miller

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Wait—what? Are we expected to believe that Miller would drop one of the most coveted positions in Canadian politics to become the leader of ten people? We don’t see him benefiting from that arrangement at all.

George Stroumboulopoulos

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More of a crusade than a rumour, this netizen effort is pretty much entirely based from this Facebook group (at the time of writing, 83 members, whoo!), but has been noticed by the people over at New Democrats Online and Babble—the forum for the Canadian leftist website—who don’t seem entirely thrilled with the idea. Since Strombo has never shown any indication of running, or even of being affiliated with the party, they don’t have much to worry about.