Jack Layton and Brian Topp decided who the leader should be, not the party members, not even caucus. And they chose a 70 year old retiree with no charisma, no political experience, poor English, a very recent past of separatist party membership, organizing and fundraising, and a history of hostility toward taxpayers as a public sector union extortionist because...why? Because in socialist circles, gender and ethnicity determine outcomes; the NDP wanted a French female leader and so they imposed one on the NDP. And by putting "victim group cred" before merit and common sense, the NDP is showing Canada what a mess they would make before ever getting into power. Turmel's weak excuse that she joined the Bloc to "help a friend" raises questions of maturity - in a 70 year old lady. The NDP always lacked adult supervision and this sort of childishness will make Canadians think twice about voting socialist in the future.