NDP divided on setting up Quebec party with priority on taking down Harper

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MONTREAL - NDP members are divided on whether to build a Quebec party that would offer a left-wing, federalist choice in the next provincial election.

Delegates aired conflicting views on the issue at a meeting of the NDP's Quebec wing today in Montreal.

Party president Rebecca Blaikie says while there was no clear consensus, everyone agrees the priority should be on beating Prime Minister Stephen Harper in 2015.

Blaikie says the decision is complicated by the fact that some Quebec New Democrats are supporters of left-wing, sovereigntist parties at the provincial level.

Party leader Tom Mulcair said during Quebec's provincial election in August that the party would try to build a provincial cousin in time for the next election campaign.

But Mulcair put that commitment on hold after the Parti Quebecois' minority victory on Sept. 4, saying resources should be devoted to the next federal election.

Organizations: NDP, Parti Quebecois

Geographic location: Quebec, MONTREAL

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