NDP Leadership: Angus, Ashton, Caron, Julian in the race

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UPDATED March 13, 2017 9:34amET

New Democrats will choose their new leader this fall in a voting process that could last six weeks. Party officials hope the shift from a one-day vote will increase interest among Canadians as the NDP finds a permanent successor to Thomas Mulcair.

British Columbia MP Peter Julian, Ontario MP Charlie Angus, Quebec MP Guy Caron, and Manitoba MP Niki Ashton are the registered candidates so far.

Guy Caron, Charlie Angus, Niki Ashton, Peter Julian

Guy Caron, left, Charlie Angus, Niki Ashton and Peter Julian react to the audience as they arrive on stage for the first debate of the federal NDP leadership race, in Ottawa on Sunday, March 12, 2017. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Justin Tang


Watch the first leadership debate in Ottawa (March 12):

Ashton outlined her leadership bid on PrimeTime Politics (March 7):

Watch Angus on PrimeTime Politics (March 6):

Watch Julian on PrimeTime Politics (February 14):

Watch Ashton’s campaign launch (March 7):

Watch Caron and Angus launch their campaigns:


The Voting


Voters will use a ranked-choice ballot and list the candidates in their preferred order – at least one candidate must be selected. Mail-in or Internet voting is available. Those using the latter option can change their ballot preferences between each round — or leave their vote as is.

Round 1 is scheduled for Sept. 18 to Oct. 1. If no candidate wins a majority, the top five candidates remain for a second round of counting between Oct. 2 and Oct. 8.

If still no candidate wins a majority, the last-place candidate is dropped for subsequent rounds until a winner emerges:

Round Three: Oct. 9 to Oct. 15

Round Four: Oct. 22 to Oct. 23

Round Five: Oct. 23 to Oct. 29

Each round will feature a Sunday announcement event lasting 90 minutes.


The Debates


Their first debate is scheduled for Sunday, March 12 in Ottawa — a bilingual event. Further party-organized debates are in Montreal (a bilingual youth-oriented debate on March 26), Montreal again on Aug. 27 (French), and Vancouver on Sept. 10 (English).

A series of regional debates are also planned for the spring and summer in Sudbury, Halifax, Saskatoon, and Regina.


The Rules


  • The official campaign period begins July 2 and ends with the announcement of a winner by Oct. 29. Candidates must be registered by July 3.
  • Any party member eligible to run for the House of Commons and “who demonstrates a genuine interest in seeking the leadership can run.”
  • There is a $30,000 non-refundable registration fee.
  • Prospective candidates must have the support of 500 party members to register, with a minimum of 50 each from Quebec, Ontario, and the Atlantic, Prairies, and B.C./North regions. At least half must be from “female-identified members,” and at least 100 must be from “other equity-seeking groups” such as Visible Minorities and Aboriginals.
  • Candidates can spend up to $1.5 million on official expenses.
  • At least two official debates are planned – one each in English and French. Another bilingual debate on youth issues is also expected.
  • Voters must be NDP members in good standing by Aug. 17.
  • A “Candidates Showcase” is planned on Sept. 17, one day before the voting period begins.
  • Events are planned to announce each round’s result. Candidates will have the opportunity to speak each time.
  • Current MPs who run will be relieved of their regular “House duty” on Parliament Hill, and removed from committees and critic roles. While speaking in the House of Commons, they must not criticize other candidates or party policies. Oral questions to ministers must be on local issues.


2016: Mulcair loses review


Mulcair’s leadership was rejected by more than half of NDP delegates at the party’s April 2016 convention in Edmonton.

Fifty-two per cent of votes called for a new leadership contest following Mulcair’s keynote speech, where he took responsibility for the party’s election result.

“We’ll leave disappointment behind with change at the helm,” Mulcair said after the vote.

Delegates decided on a 12-month extension of the deadline to hold a new leadership vote.


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Mulcair previews the vote

ANNOTATED: Mulcair’s letter to party

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(photos: The Canadian Press)

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