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NDP leadership shocker reflects ‘new expectations,’ party rejects Mulcair, wants a leader ‘to lead us to government’ next time

By Laura Ryckewaert      

NDP delegates voted on Sunday to replace Tom Mulcair as leader. Many delegates said they were surprised by the 48 per cent vote for him and one said she felt 'the oxygen just suck right out of the room immediately.'

NDP delegates cast their votes on April 10, with voting on the party executive and the question of whether a leadership race should be held. Ultimately, 52 per cent voted for a leadership race. The Hill Times Photograph by Laura Ryckewaert

EDMONTON—In a stunning move, delegates at the NDP’s 2016 policy convention in Edmonton on Sunday voted to replace NDP Leader Tom Mulcair with 52 per cent in favour of a leadership race in 2017 or 2018, but former NDP MPs say the move reflects a “new expectation” from party members, presents an opportunity to showcase a progressive agenda, and it means Canadians will be watching the party closely in the coming years. “I think really what’s happened is there’s a new

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