NDP holds first leadership debate

The candidates: from left, Guy Caron, Charlie Angus, Niki Ashton, and Peter Julian. The Hill Times photograph by Sam Garcia

Mr. Julian. The debate not only included policy but also moments of levity, like when candidates were asked about their favourite musical act (Mr. Julian gave a shoutout to Mr. Angus's band, Grievous Angels). The Hill Times photograph by Sam Garcia

Mr. Caron, who scored big laughs when he said Prime Minister Justin Trudeau will be quoting another famous Canadian Justin when the 2019 election rolls around: "Is it too late to say sorry?" The Hill Times photograph by Sam Garcia

"We let the Liberals out-left us," in the last election, said Ms. Ashton." The Hill Times photograph by Sam Garcia

Mr. Angus sought to show that "we are the party, we are the movement that's got your back." The Hill Times photograph by Sam Garcia

A crowd of over 400 attended the debate, hosted on March 12 at a downtown Ottawa hotel. The Hill Times photograph by Sam Garcia

“I don't buy this false binary that the NDP is supposed to be just there as the conscience of Parliament, that we’re sort of too pure to win," said Mr. Angus. The Hill Times photograph by Sam Garcia

Mr. Caron, left, spoke of winning over disaffected Liberals who voted for change in 2015 but didn't get it from Justin Trudeau. The Hill Times photograph by Sam Garcia

When asked for her favourite politician outside the NDP, Ms. Ashton named Conservative interim leader Rona Ambrose, whom she called "dynamic." The Hill Times photograph by Sam Garcia

The candidates didn't disagree much, all emphasizing the importance of fighting economic inequality. The Hill Times photograph by Sam Garcia

Mr. Julian was clear that he's against the Kinder Morgan and Energy East pipelines. The Hill Times photograph by Sam Garcia