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Post-election blues, Mulcair, and long leadership race to blame for NDP 2016 donor woes: insiders

By Samantha Wright Allen      

Pundits are divided on ‘Mulcair effect,’ with some saying his presence made it impossible to give, and others arguing any interim leader would have overseen the faltering 2016 fundraising results.

NDP Leader Thomas Mulcair at the April 2016 NDP convention. Pundits and insiders say it has been difficult to garner support with an interim leader, but are divided on whether Mr. Mulcair is to blame. The Hill Times photograph by Laura Ryckewaert

The dive in the NDP’s 2016 fundraising dollars after a disappointing election loss surprised no one, but some say the dip could have been levelled out with better strategy at the top: namely, someone other than Thomas Mulcair as interim leader, and a shorter campaign to replace him. The year of the election offered a historic high for the party, with the shot at forming government bringing in a record number of donors and $18.6-million. That context is

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