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Thomas Mulcair: Canada’s New Leader of the Opposition and NDP

Thomas Mulcair: Canada’s New Leader of the Opposition and NDP

This weekend, members of Canada’s NDP Party voted on a leader to replace Jack Layton, who passed away in August 2012.  Seven candidates (two women and five men) put themselves forward as prospective leaders and Montreal’s Thomas Mulcair came out on top.

NDP members across Canada were able to vote for the new leader. Members could vote in advance, using a preferential ballot indicating their first, second and third choices for leader. Or, they could vote in real time on each of the rounds of voting either online from home or at the convention in Toronto. In each round of voting, the candidate with the fewest number of votes was automatically dropped off and additional candidates could drop off if they chose to. After four rounds of voting, Thomas Mulcair won the final round against Brian Topp, winning 57.2 percent of the vote.

Mulcair is originally from Ottawa, but grew up in Montreal where he became an NDP Member of Parliament in the riding of Outremont in a by-election in September 2007 after spending more than a decade in provincial politics in Quebec as a member of the National Assembly for the Quebec Liberal Party. Because he is from Quebec, Mulcair was touted as the candidate that would be able to hang on to the historic success of the NDP in Quebec under Jack Layton’s leadership. However, some question whether he can attain and retain the same level of popularity and respect among Quebecers that Layton did.

One day later, the NDP website has already been re-branded with new imagery and a tagline: Thomas Mulcair — Fighting for your family.

What do you think of the NDP’s choice for leader? What issues does your family want to see Mulcair fight for?

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2:01AM PDT on Mar 27, 2012

I voted for Jack Layton from NDP Party in the last election since I hate Harper. Liberals had no leader. I am glad to see that Thomas Muclair won which I knew that he will, since he is professional, well spoken and charismatic. He is a much better opposition leader than Bob Ray from Liberal Party. Thomas will fight well for Canadian people. I wish him all the best!

8:26PM PDT on Mar 26, 2012

Didn't answer the poll,not my decision it's the Canadians.

1:16PM PDT on Mar 26, 2012

it will be interesting...

9:49AM PDT on Mar 26, 2012

He passed away in August 2011. Here's hoping he can change some of our Republican agenda.

8:39AM PDT on Mar 26, 2012

I hope he will continue the gains made by the NDP as I feel they are the only decent alternative. I also hope he will develop the same ethics as Jack Layton. Layton was one in a million with ethics, charisma, personality and class so Mulcair has VERY big shoes to fill. I'm sure he's heard that many times already and is well aware of it.

7:50AM PDT on Mar 26, 2012

I don't really trust him but that's every politician. I hope the Liberals get a good leader soon, Bob Rae isn't gonna cut it.

7:13AM PDT on Mar 26, 2012

Finally we can hope for an articulate opponent to Harper and his team of loose cannons. The Conservatives have had a free ride for too long.
BTW, Canadian Conservatives act for the most part a little to the left of Obama (because most Canadian public opinion is against right wing policies) but would love to take the country much further to the right.

7:12AM PDT on Mar 26, 2012

I just tell the opposition parties that I'll work for their candidate if they get the nod from a coalition. The main parties have good reasons for mutual hostility, but it is used as an excuse to let the companies hijack Parliament while they waste all our time.
When in power Provincially, the NDP allows any atrocity, provided it uses Union labour. They treat Unions as a branch of Government, rather than a symptom of poor labour legislation overall.

5:22AM PDT on Mar 26, 2012

I think he has a quick mind, a sharp tongue, adequate experience and will do a good job . I surely wish his the best but as long and the Liberals and NDP remain disunited Harper will have his way with Canadians.

3:46AM PDT on Mar 26, 2012

Based on his near-instantaneous post-election flip-flops, he is a US politician, not a Canadian one.

I WAS going to vote NDP in the next election to get rid of Emperor Harperius Mandatorius Minimus, but now that the NDP has also been fully co-opted, that has definitely changed.

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