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?
Image credit: Matt Jiggins on flickr