NDP leadership race picks up pace

This article was last updated on April 16, 2022

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By the end of this weekend, the NDP will have finally picked its new leader out of the seven candidates – Brian Topp, Peggy Nash, Martin Singh, Niki Ashton, Paul Dewar, Nathan Cullen and Thomas Mulcair.

The majority seems to be on Mulcair’s side but since the party is using a preferential voting system, there isn’t much to say for sure. According to a poll conducted by CROP, Mulcair is undoubtedly the Quebecers’ favorite, with Brian Topp making it to the second.

The new NDP leader has to win over 50 per cent of membership support to declare his supremacy. In case no one manages to receive that much support, the runner with lowest percentage of votes will be dropped and more ballots will be held until a winner emerges.

Brad Lavigne, the principal secretary to the Leader of the Official Opposition, said: “It’s very hard to tell. We know that a lot of folks have already voted, which means their votes are locked in, but we also have a lot of folks who are waiting and seeing. They’re going to see what transpires on the first ballot and they’re going to be voting in real time online.”

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