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Toronto Convention Centre | March 23-24, 2012
NDP MP compares large-scale, organized attack on NDP leadership vote to robocalls scandal

NDP MP compares large-scale, organized attack on NDP leadership vote to robocalls scandal

Confirmation the NDP leadership election’s online voting over the weekend was attacked by an ‘organized and large-scale’ computer subversion has prompted an NDP MP to compare the assault to the robocall subterfuge in last year’s federal election.



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New Democrats say Mulcair has broad party support, and to prepare for a nasty House Question Period

New Democrats say Mulcair has broad party support, and to prepare for a nasty House Question Period
After four ballots, plagued and delayed by a cyber attack against the NDP’s sophisticated online vote site, and after some tears were shed on the shiny concrete floors of the Metro Toronto Convention Centre by at least one of Brian Topp’s diehard supporters, relief finally washed over Thomas Mulcair’s fatigue-lined face Saturday night when he won the NDP leadership.

The observers: hooked on politics, Tories, Grits, and Greens keep an eye on NDP leadership convention from Metro Toronto Convention floor

The observers: hooked on politics, Tories, Grits, and Greens keep an eye on NDP leadership convention from Metro Toronto Convention floor
When feisty Quebec Liberal MP Denis Coderre, who incidentally declared on national TV on Friday evening that he may take a run at the federal Liberal leadership, was asked by New Democrats over the weekend if he was at the NDP leadership convention to become a member, he said he told them, ‘No, I’m recruiting.’

Front-runner Mulcair has fight in store to win NDP bid as voting by thousands of New Democrats shows a fierce battle

Front-runner Mulcair has fight in store to win NDP bid as voting by thousands of New Democrats shows a fierce battle
New Democrats say the suddenly nail-biting tension of what could be their party’s most crucial leadership race since its founding will continue through several ballots on Saturday, after leading candidate and NDP MP Thomas Mulcair ignited a warm-up crowd of several thousand party convention delegates with a declaration he can 'hardly wait' to face Prime Minister Stephen Harper in the Commons on Monday.

Inside the NDP leadership campaigns: Hundreds of volunteers on convention floor, call centres and hotel rooms keep machines churning

Inside the NDP leadership campaigns: Hundreds of volunteers on convention floor, call centres and hotel rooms keep machines churning
There are more than 4,000 delegates, almost 700 media, 18 video screens and a reported 55,659 people have voted in advance thus far.

NDP leadership camps to target ‘live’ voters after first ballot, crucial to creating upward momentum

NDP leadership camps to target ‘live’ voters after first ballot, crucial to creating upward momentum
All the campaigns know that the locked-in vote is already won or lost. What remains of the contest is perhaps 30 per cent to 40 per cent of NDP members who will vote round by round, either on the convention floor or presumably at home. Locating these ‘live’ voters will be crucial since they are one of the few ways to create upward momentum from round to round.

NDP MP Davies suggests Layton would have wanted Topp to win leadership, ‘connect the dots’

NDP MP Davies suggests Layton would have wanted Topp to win leadership, ‘connect the dots’
One of NDP leadership candidate Brian Topp’s most influential caucus supporters says New Democrats need only to 'connect the dots' to see whether late party leader Jack Layton, perhaps in his final days, wanted Mr. Topp to succeed him at the party helm.

'No reason to believe' Topp losing ground or support in NDP leadership race, says former MP Wasylycia-Leis

'No reason to believe' Topp losing ground or support in NDP leadership race, says former MP Wasylycia-Leis
'There is huge energy in the campaign as we enter the final hours. The phone banks are buzzing. Contributions are flowing in. And our get out the vote strategy is in full gear right across Canada,' says Brian Topp spokesperson Jim Rutkowski.

OPINION: In a desperate move, Broadbent damages his stalwart reputation

OPINION: In a desperate move, Broadbent damages his stalwart reputation
Ed Broadbent’s scorn of a move to the middle is odd given that he was in conversation to form a governing coalition with Jean Chrétien, both when the Conservative government nearly fell in 2008, and in the years following to discuss the possibility of merging the two left-of centre parties. His sudden rejection of compromise in favour of a return to ideological purity is perplexing.

Budget advice for next NDP leader

Budget advice for next NDP leader
The new NDP leader will be chosen just days before the federal government brings down its first majority budget, one that could fundamentally change the direction of the nation.

After electing a new leader, the hard work begins

After electing a new leader, the hard work begins
Jack Layton brought us this far, now it’s someone else’s turn to carry us the rest of the way. Let’s make sure we’ve got their back.

It’s the economy, stupid: tale of two austerity hardliners

In an environment where high unemployment and falling incomes are becoming the new normal; where the gap between the very rich and the rest continues to widen as exorbitant levels of CEO pay continue to escalate; where corporations and governments demand wage rollbacks from their workers; and where the middle class continues to shrink—it is a recipe for a long winter of social discontent.

Layton’s legacy is authenticity

And whoever the new leader of the NDP is, bringing new voters into the system, whether millennials or not, must be high on the agenda if they hope to form government in 2015. Getting there is easier said than done. Based on the data, I offer three points of advice.

Learning from Jack: ideas for the new leader of the NDP moving forward

Learning from Jack: ideas for the new leader of the NDP moving forward
Ottawa is broken. The NDP is the only party to offer a compelling vision to restore Canada’s reputation both at home and abroad.  Canadians can count on the NDP to stand up for them and fight for jobs, health care, pensions and to make life affordable.

NDP about to elect leader to build on historic gains achieved under leadership of Layton

NDP about to elect leader to build on historic gains achieved under leadership of Layton
Jack Layton, Tommy Douglas and J.S. Woodsworth brought something different to our party, while building on the social democratic values that each and every one of us hold so dear.

The not so boring race: why the NDP leadership challenge matters

While Layton will be a tough act to follow for any of these potential successors, both the national scope of the party’s membership and its widening ideological tent should serve as a warning to those who smugly believe the NDP will be shunned to irrelevancy any time soon.

Dewar wants to ‘turn people onto politics’

Dewar wants to ‘turn people onto politics’
Ottawa boy Paul Dewar says his late mother, Marion Dewar, still inspires him to make a difference in politics.

Don’t get stuck in fights of yesterday, says Cullen

Don’t get stuck in fights of yesterday, says Cullen
NDP leadership candidate Nathan Cullen says he’s not choosing between power and principles.

Front-runner Mulcair appears to be candidate to beat

Front-runner Mulcair appears to be candidate to beat
NDP leadership candidate Tom Mulcair is making waves in his run to be leader of official opposition.

Nash says she can make a difference

Nash says she can make a difference
NDP leadership candidate Peggy Nash says she would make a difference in Canada’s electoral system, economy, environment, foreign policy, social programs.

NDP needs to win Quebec, make big gains in Western Canada, says Ashton

NDP needs to win Quebec, make big gains in Western Canada, says Ashton
NDP MP Niki Ashton says she got into politics to fight for equality and she proved that someone who supports equality could get elected on the rural Prairies.

Singh says he’s not in ‘cahoots’ with Mulcair

Singh says he’s not in ‘cahoots’ with Mulcair
NDP leadership candidate Martin Singh says Thomas Mulcair is his second choice, but beyond that, no relationship exists.

Topp says he would go after Tories, but offer positives too

Topp says he would go after Tories, but offer positives too
Long-time backroom boy, war roomer, and prolific writer, Brian Topp says he’s ready for prime time.


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NDP LEADERSHIP CONVENTION AGENDA

FRIDAY, MARCH 23

  • 9 a.m.: Registration opens
  • 11 a.m.: Advance voting closes
  • 12:30 p.m.: Convention opens and official welcome with NDP MPs Andrew Cash and Rosane Doré Lefebvre (Singing of O Canada, aboriginal welcome, speech by New Democratic Party President Rebecca Blaikie.)
  • 1:30 p.m. - 5 p.m.: Candidate showcases begin (Each candidate gets 20 minutes and there will be approximately 10 minutes turnover time in between showcases.)
  • 5 p.m.: First round of voting opens (Delegates can start to vote on the convention floor and members can start voting online.)
    The first ballot remains open until 9 a.m. on Saturday morning.
  • 7 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.: Tribute to Jack Layton (Full stage show featuring speakers, video messages, live music and other audio visual components.)

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Sunday, December 21, 2014
HILL LIFE & PEOPLE SLIDESHOWS
2014 in photos Dec. 19, 2014

Mark Burgess
Justice Minister Peter MacKay, NDP MP Mathieu Ravignat, and Patrick Brown at the Canadian Tire Canal Classic, a charity shinny game between parliamentarians and the press on the Rideau Canal in January. The MPs prevailed.
The Hill Times photo by Jake Wright
Labour Minister Kellie Leitch, Chris Frogatt of National Public Relations and Blue Sky’s Sandra Buckler at the Manning Centre party in February.
The Hill Times photo by Jake Wright
NDP MP Peter Stoffer in his Parliament Hill office in February.
The Hill Times photo by Jake Wright
Democratic Reform Minister Pierre Poilievre prepares to testify before the Procedure and House Affairs Committee in February.
The Hill Times photo by Jake Wright
Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau speaks at the party’s policy convention in Montreal in February.
The Hill Times photo by Jake Wright
Liberal MP Rodger Cuzner and Conservative MP James Rajotte at the Fuelling the dream Canadian Olympic team luncheon on the Hill in February.
The Hill Times photo by Jake Wright
Speaker of the House of Commons Andrew Scheer showing off his stickhandling skills at the February Fuelling the dream Canadian Olympic team luncheon on the Hill.
The Hill Times photo by Jake Wright
Liberal MP Wayne Easter and Conservative MP John Duncan at the Fuelling the dream Canadian Olympic team luncheon on the Hill in February.
The Hill Times photo by Jake Wright
Minister of Sport Bal Gosal at a Nature Canada event on the Hill on Feb. 3 alongside an owl.
The Hill Times photo by Jake Wright
The late Jim Flaherty pictured on Feb. 11 2014, the day he delivered his last federal budget.
The Hill Times photo by Jake Wright
The post-budget day party at Hy’s Steakhouse.
The Hill Times photo by Jake Wright
Prime Minister Stephen Harper heading out to greet Shi Ismaili Muslim spiritual leader Aga Khan on Feb. 27.
The Hill Times photo by Jake Wright
Laureen Harper, the Governor General’s wife Sharon Johnston, and Prime Minister Stephen Harper pictured Canadian as soldiers came home from Afghanistan on March 18, 2014. Also pictured, Defence Minister Rob Nicholson, and Chief of Defence Staff General Tom Lawson.
The Hill Times photo by Jake Wright
NDP MP Andrew Cash and Canadian songstress Serena Ryder at the 2014 Canadian Screen Awards in March, in Toronto.
The Hill Times photo by Jake Wright
NDP MPs Pierre Nantel, Rathika Sitsabaiesan, Peggy Nash and Laurin Liu on the red carpet at the Canadian Screen Awards in March.
The Hill Times photo by Jake Wright
Heritage Minister Shelly Glover and Gabrielle star Alexandre Landry at the Canadian Screen Awards in March.
The Hill Times photo by Jake Wright
Actor Viggo Mortensen shows his true colours with Heritage Minister Shelly Glover at the Canadian Screen Awards in March.
The Hill Times photo by Jake Wright
Conservative MP Michael Chong, NDP Leader Tom Mulcair, Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau and Green Party Leader Elizabeth attend the launch of the iVote-jeVote campaign at the University of Ottawa in March to encourage young voters to engage in the political process.
The Hill Times photo by Jake Wright
Conservative MP Michael Chong and NDP Leader Tom Mulcair talk democratic engagement at the University of Ottawa in March.
The Hill Times photo by Jake Wright
Transport Minister Lisa Raitt and NDP MP Megan Leslie, pictured on April 2, 2014, at the Politics & the Pen gala, which raised $350,000 for the Writers Trust. The two hosted the evening, cracked a lot of jokes and sang Gloria Gaynor's song, I Will Survive.
The Hill Times photo by Jake Wright
Prime Minister Stephen Harper delivering remarks to his caucus upon hearing of Jim Flaherty’s passing on April 10, while an emotion Laureen Harper looks on.
The Hill Times photo by Jake Wright
Conservative MP Susan Truppe comforts Labour Minister Kellie Leitch upon hearing of Jim Flaherty’s passing on April 10.
The Hill Times photo by Jake Wright
Conservative MP John Weston comes up for air while swimming laps at the Chateau Laurier’s pool in May. Mr. Weston is one of “The Chief Fun and Fitness Officers,” a group of MPs that take part in physical activities together.
The Hill Times photo by Jake Wright
A pro-choice protestor holds a sign reading “my body, my choice” during the annual National March for Life demonstration on the Hill, on May 8.
The Hill Times photo by Jake Wright
Conservative MPs John Williamson and Rob Moore.
The Hill Times photo by Jake Wright
NDP MP Megan Leslie.
The Hill Times photo by Jake Wright
Another lawn summer night at the Elmdale Lawn Bowling Club.
The Hill Times photo by Steve Gerecke
First Nations protesters on Parliament Hill as part of the Peoples’ Social Forum gathering in Ottawa in August.
The Hill Times photo by Steve Gerecke
Peoples’ social forum in August.
The Hill Times photo by Jake Wright
The Government Relations Institute of Canada’s board members took on the Ice Bucket Challenge outside of the Chambers building on Aug. 29.
The Hill Times photo by Jake Wright
CBC TV's This Hour Has 22 Minutes comedian Mark Critch interviewing NDP MP Pierre Nantel, his party's culture critic at the September edition of Movie Night on the Hill, the Canadian premier of Elephant Song.
The Hill Times photo by Jake Wright
Postmedia’s Stephen Maher dressed in his cowboy best, with Camille Labchuk, for the Jaimie Anderson Fundraiser at the Black Sheep Inn, in Wakefield on Sept. 26.
The Hill Times photo by Mark Burgess
At 9:52 a.m. Oct. 22, the first calls come in of shots fired at the National War Memorial. People try to save Cpl. Nathan Cirilo’s life.
The Hill Times photo by Mark Burgess
Mid-afternoon on Oct. 22, police head down Metcalfe Street to secure buildings that had been on lockdown for fear of a gunman on the loose. Reports later confirmed the lone gunman had been killed inside Centre Block.
The Hill Times photo by Steve Gerecke
Lysane Blanchette-Lamothe, NDP MP, had come to the Hill on Oct. 22 with her baby and was breastfeeding in the lobby when the gunman entered. She hid in a phone booth until Hill security brought them to a safer place
The Hill Times photo by Jake Wright
Sergeant-at-Arms Kevin Vickers carries the mace during the first Speakers Parade into the House of Commons following the shooting, on Oct. 23.
The Hill Times photo by Jake Wright
Flowers at the National War Memorial to honour Cpl. Nathan Cirillo.
The Hill Times photo by Jake Wright
A soldier stands guard at the National War Memorial on Nov. 11.
The Hill Times photo by Jake Wright
The Remembrance Day ceremony at the National War Memorial.
The Hill Times photo by Jake Wright
Canadian rock icon Burton Cummings backstage with Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau and his wife Sophie Gregoire at the Hope Live gala at the Great Canadian Theatre Company on Oct. 27.
The Hill Times photo by Jake Wright
Competing culinary team from the Lowertown Brewery at the 10th annual Gold Medal Plates on Nov. 17 at the Shaw Centre.

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