|Interim federal NDP leader Nycole Turmel|
Turmel and the NDP have said today that she joined the Bloc in 2006 to support the nomination battle of a friend and quit the BQ in January of 2011. Turmel has said she was an NDP member for the past 20 years and she has served on its executive in the 1990s.
The NDP Constitution is quite clear - you can only be a member of one party at a time.
ARTICLE III: MEMBERSHIP
There shall be individual and affiliated membership in the Party.
1. Individual Membership
(1) Individual membership shall be open to every resident of Canada, regardless of race, colour, religion, sex, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, or national origin who undertakes to accept and abide by the constitution and principles of the Party and who is not a member or supporter of any other political party. [emphasis added]
(2) Applications for individual membership shall be dealt with in accordance with the constitution of the appropriate provincial Party and shall be subject to the approval of that provincial Party.
Turmel is entitled and indeed to be commended for being an NDP activist and now MP with clear federalist views.
The issue is that joining a separatist party - for any reason - is problematic for many Canadian voters.
In addition, Turmel donated $235 to the Bloc Quebecois in four donations. She was also a member of the provincial party Quebec Solidaire until she became interim NDP leader.
Lots more questions need to be answered.