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NDP leadership race officially underway, but candidacy announcements unlikely until fall

By Laura Ryckewaert      

The NDP federal council finalized rules for its 2017 leadership race on June 21, and it’s trying something new.

Outgoing NDP Leader Tom Mulcair speaks to delegates at the party's April 2016 convention in Edmonton, where 52 per cent of members ultimately voted to hold a leadership race. A new leader will be announced by Oct. 29, 2017. The Hill Times photograph by Laura Ryckewaert

The NDP leadership race which will last more than a year officially got underway last weekend, though no announcements about candidacies are expected soon. The party is heading into a race that will see its next leader decided in, potentially, a series of votes over the course of the month in October 2017 with several mini-conventions across the country, rather than having the contest decided in single convention. “We were looking more than anything for a way that we

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