The Libertarian Party of Canada ran a candidate in the Vaughan byelection and was narrowly defeated by the NDP by just 1.1% (is that inside the margin of error?). Why did the NDP even run a candidate in Vaughan? Their 1.7% of the vote could have helped Tony Gecko. Meanwhile Jack Layton was on TV yesterday saying they lost their safe seat in Winnipeg North because they ran a rookie against a veteran. Who's fault is that? The Dippers are notoriously bad at candidate selection. I remember in the last election in my riding the NDP candidate had to drop out when he was found on Youtube talking about how awesome it is to drive a car while high on acid. This man was elected to his candidacy by the local NDP rank and file.
Maybe Layton should follow the Liberal lead and start appointing candidates instead of electing them?