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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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Monday, November 24, 2014
HILL LIFE & PEOPLE SLIDESHOWS
Shootings at the National War Memorial and Parliament Hill, Oct. 22, 2014: in photographs Oct. 27, 2014

The Hill Times photograph by Mark Burgess

At 9:52 a.m., the first calls came in of shots fired at the National War Memorial. Five people tried to save Cpl. Nathan Cirillo's life who was standing guard at the National War Memorial. He later died of gunshot wounds.

The Hill Times photograph by Mark Burgess

The people who tried save Cpl. Nathan Cirillo's life were later identified as Margaret Lerhe, a nurse on her way to work at the Elizabeth Bruyere Hospital; another corporal, a soldier, National Defence employee and former Naval officer Martin Magnan; and lawyer Barbara Winters who told Cpl. Cirillo that his family loved him while he lay dying.

The Hill Times photograph by Kate Malloy

People running from Parliament Hill shortly after the gunfight in Centre Block where gunman Michael Zihaf-Bibeau was shot dead by House Sgt.-at-Arms Kevin Vickers, House security officers, and the RCMP.

The Hill Times photograph by Chris Plecash

The Parliament Buildings from Metcalfe Street.

The Hill Times photograph by Mark Burgess

Police pictured at the corner of Metcalfe and Slater streets in Ottawa later in the day on Oct. 22.

The Hill Times photograph by Denis Drever

Liberal Sen. Jim Munson in a lockdown in Room 257 East Block doing a media interview.

The Hill Times photograph by Denis Drever

NDP MPs, staffers, and others locked down in Room 257 East Block, watching the events unfold on one small laptop.

The Hill Times photograph by Kate Malloy

NDP MP Wayne Marston, pictured shortly after running from Parliament Hill.

The Hill Times photograph by Chris Plecash

More police officers on Metcalfe Street, just down the street from Parliament Hill.

The Hill Times photograph by Kate Malloy

Conservative MP Maurice Vellacott does a media interview on Metcalfe Street.

The Hill Times photograph by Mark Burgess

A tourist who witnessed the shooting talks to police shortly after Cpl. Nathan Cirillo was shot.

The Hill Times photograph by Mark Burgess

More police officers on Metcalfe Street.

The Hill Times photograph by Anne Marie Creskey

Police on Sparks Street outside The Hill Times' office.

The Hill Times photograph by Anne Marie Creskey

Police on the Hill shortly after the shooting.

The Hill Times photograph by Anne Marie Creskey

NDP MPs Rosane Doré Lefebvre, far left, Hélène Laverdiere, and NDP MP Charlie Angus, pictured shortly after the shooting on the Hill and the National War Memorial.

The Hill Times photograph by Anne Marie Creskey

Journalists and others leaving Parliament Hill, shortly after the shooting.

The Hill Times photograph by Anne Marie Creskey

Reporters on Sparks and Metcalfe streets.

The Hill Times photograph by Anne Marie Creskey

The media on Sparks at Metcalfe streets.

The Hill Times photograph by Anne Marie Creskey

CTV Hill reporter Richard Madan and CBC Radio reporter Susan Lunn.

The Hill Times photograph by Anne Marie Creskey

NDP MP Charlie Angus does an interview on Metcalfe Street later in the afternoon.

The Hill Times photograph by Kate Malloy

Prime Minister Stephen Harper, pictured that evening, addressing the nation about the shocking killing of a soldier killed at the National War Memorial and later the killing of the man in a gunfight in Centre Block.

The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright

The next day in the Hot Room, the Parliamentary Press Gallery. Gallery clerks Collin Lafrance and Normand Gagnon.

The Hill Times photograph by Mark Burgess

Flowers the next morning, Oct. 23, at the National War Memorial.

The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright

People bring flowers to the War Memorial the day after, Oct. 23.

The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright

A woman bringing flowers is escorted by police to the National War Memorial on Oct. 23.

The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright

People pay their respects at the National War Memorial on Oct. 23.

The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright

Conservative MPs Mark Warawa and Scott Reid return to the Hill the day after the shootings.

The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright

Conservative MP James Bezan, parliamentary secretary to the minister of national defence, is interviewed the following day, Oct. 23.

The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright

An RCMP officer stands guard on Parliament Hill on Oct. 23.

The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright

Police pictured outside the Chateau Laurier Hotel the following day, Oct. 23.

The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright

Justice Minister Peter MacKay, pictured in the Commons foyer on Oct. 23, taking questions from reporters.

The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright

Minister of State for Small Business Maxime Bernier, being scrummed on Oct. 23.

The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright

Parliamentary Press Gallery clerk Normand Gagnon, pictured on Oct. 23.

The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright

House Sgt.-at-Arms Kevin Vickers, pictured on Oct. 23 in the Speaker's Parade. Mr. Vickers is being credited as the one whose bullets killed gunman Michael Zihaf-Bibeau who stormed the Centre Block with a hunting rifle.

The Hill Times photograph by Mark Burgess

NDP MP Paul Dewar, pictured, and many other MPs, visited the National War Memorial the following day, Oct. 23.

The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright

Just outside the Library of Parliament, where Michael Zihaf-Bibeau was finally shot and killed after a gunfight in Centre Block.

The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright

Broken glass inside the Centre Block after the gunfight.

The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright

More broken glass in the Centre Block after the gunfight.

The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright

Former Reform Party leader Preston Manning was on Parliament Hill on Oct. 23, the day after the shooting.

The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright

The Wire Report reporter Peter Henderson, pictured on Oct. 23, doing an interview with CNN. He had been locking up his bike on Sparks Street on the morning of the shooting at the National War Memorial and was one of the first reporters on the scene.

The Hill Times photograph by Chris Plecash

An Ottawa Police officer gives the thumb's up standing near the National War Memorial, the day after the shootings on Oct. 23.

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