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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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HILL LIFE & PEOPLE SLIDESHOWS
U.S. Ambassador Bruce Heyman's Fourth of July shindig July 14, 2014

The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright

U.S. Ambassador Bruce Heyman, right, and his wife, Vicki, were all smiles at hosting their first Fourth of July bash in Ottawa. Some 3,000 guest attended. The mood was good and there was a lot of dancing, eating, and chatting.

The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright

Vicki and Bruce Heyman.

The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright

Vicki and Bruce Heyman.

The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright

Vicki and Bruce Heyman. The dress code was summer whites. The atmosphere was light and lovely.

The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright

Ken Taylor, former Canadian ambassador to Iran.

The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright

Bluesky's Susan Smith, Ottawa University's Robert Asselin, and Bluesky's Tim Barber.

The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright

Former CTV Hill reporter Roger Smith.

The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright

Former Bloc MP Claude Bachand and Danielle Leclerc.

The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright

House of Commons protocol's Elizabeth Rody and Jane Kennedy.

The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright

McLoughlin Media's Barry McLoughlin and Laura Peck.

The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright

Canadian Chamber of Commerce President Perrin Beatty, wearing a nice summer hat.

The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright

The National Arts Centre's Peter Herndorff and Rosemary Thompson.

The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright

Sisters, Maggie Creskey, left, and Hill Times publisher Anne Marie Creskey.

The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright

Former Progressive Conservative prime minister Joe Clark.

The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright

Chad Schella, Maureen McTeer, and CPAC's Catherine Clark.

The Hill Times photograph Jake Wright

The guests on the front lawn of the U.S. ambassador's official residence in Ottawa's swishy Rockcliffe neighbourhood, high up above the Ottawa River.

The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright

The cheesecakes were brought in from Chicago. Yum!

The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright

Maclean's magazine's Paul Wells.

The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright

Shaw's Alayne Crawford and Gary Clement, senior manager of GR at TD Bank (Toronto). 

The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright

CCCE's Ailish Campbell, Ekos' Frank Graves, Amgen's Kim Furlong, and H&K's Jackie King.

The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright

Environics' Greg MacEachern, CPAC's Natalie LeMay-Calcutt, and Shaw's Jim Patrick.

The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright

CommuniquéDirect's Nick Masciantonio and MDA's Leslie Swartman.

The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright

That's a lot of cheese, Martha.

The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright

Postmedia News columnist Andrew Coyne and Global TV News reporter Laura Stone.

The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright

Former Liberal MP Martha Hall Findlay, right, and a friend.

The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright

The lineup.

The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright

The scene.

The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright

Postmedia News national affairs columnist Andrew Coyne.

The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright

CTV cameraman Dave Ellis, centre. 

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