Federal NDP Leadership Race

Voting is just winding up in the second round of the NDP Leadership convention in Toronto. After the first round, three candidates dropped out of the race: Nikki Ashton, who was forced to withdraw by virture of being the lowest vote getter in the first round, and Martin Singh and Paul Dewar, who chose to drop out after receiving only marginally more support than Ashton.

That leaves four candidates still alive in the second round. According to CBC, Mulcair picked up Singh’s delegates after he withdrew, and also received an endorsement from NDP MP Charlie Angus, who had previously backed Dewar. You can read more here

And here’s the vote totals from the first ballot:

Thomas Mulcair 19,728

Brian Topp 13,915

Nathan Cullen 10,671

Peggy Nash 8,353

Paul Dewar 4,883

Martin Singh 3,821

Niki Ashton 3,737

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7 thoughts on “Federal NDP Leadership Race”

  1. I’m 100% excited about Mulcair as leader, even tho I cast my first ballot for Topp. In this age of Conservative horse shit, the party needs to rely less on ideological purity and more on a no-nonsense approach from someone who knows the need to fight back.

    Look at election 2011: Liberals decimated by “reckless coalition” fears, yet the Conservative Party is a reckless coalition itself of Reform/Alliance and Progressive Cons. Did the Libs or NDP choose to just call Harper straight ti his face on his bullshit? Unfortunately no, they decided to dance around it on the “high road”.

    I thought Ignatieff would be different, but he ruined himself listening to stupid know-nothing advisers. I’m afraid Topp is maybe too adviser-dependent, but Mulcair isn’t, at least, let’s hope he’s not.

    Unfortunately for Mulcair, even tho it essentially means zilch, the Cons probably will roll out some sort of “A former NDP’er running the Liberals and a former Liberal running the NDP” “reckless coalition” “fears” that will no less gain traction in the tiny minds of certain Canadian voters who think mild irony is somehow evil.

  2. As of 7 p.m. the race was down to two candidates: Thomas Mulcair and Brian Topp. The former had a 4000 delegate lead over the latter, and was in the best position to win. When Nathan Cullen dropped off the ballot, he declined to endorse either Mulcair or Topp, and it was calculated that Topp would have to get 80 per cent of Cullen’s delegates to vault past Mulcair.

    It seems there’s been lots of problems with the on-line voting system and voting periods had to be extended several times. Party officials are examining whether there was a deliberate attempt by an outside party to interfere with the voting process:
    http://news.ca.msn.com/top-stories/ndp-leadership-voting-delayed-%e2%80%94-again-1

  3. I hope they just say, “oh well,” and get on with it. Tho if Conservative hacks were interfering with the process, that would be good to know.

  4. Mulcair wins. Break out the champagne glasses.

    If he takes the NDP in a different idealogical direction, then that could be a good thing. The old status quo NDP idealogy doesn’t work very well for the rest of Canada.

    Will he help further the NDP or hinder them? Only time will tell.

  5. Nice to see Mulcair lead, nice to see NDP moving into the 21st century and probably towards centre left. Cant stay trapped in the 1980s forever. Best of luck TM

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