NDP searches for the right message on the oilsands

The federal NDP is trying to find its footing on the oilsands issue. Lacking clear leadership, the party is starting to split on whether oilsands projects like the Keystone pipeline should be developed or scuttled, as columnist Barbara Yaffe writes:

While environmentalists, many of whom vote NDP, will approve of the official Opposition’s anti-oilsands campaign, other New Democrats will be put off, including a lot of union members interested in the thousands of jobs that would flow from the two multibillion-dollar pipeline deals.

It’s impossible to know how the late NDP leader Jack Layton would have reacted. It appears the party is definitely missing his leadership;