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Four in race to become next NDP president after disastrous election, ‘I think it’s important we get the right people in this time’

By Laura Ryckewaert      

Jenn Jefferys, an NDP member and former staffer, says the NDP needs a party president with 'a lot of muscle who’s going to be able to really pull the party together and really push us into the next federal election.'

Marit Stiles, pictured at the microphone, is one of four candidates running to be the NDP party president. She's running against former NDP MPs Elaine Michaud and Djaouida Sellah and NDP Socialist caucus chair Barry Weisleder. The Hill Times Photograph by Laura Ryckewaert

EDMONTON—More than 1,700 NDP members are gathered in Edmonton this weekend to debate policy and have a say over Tom Mulcair’s leadership Sunday, but the elections of a new party executive and president are also on the agenda and it’s turned into a true, heated race as disappointment over the party’s 2015 campaign has emerged as the main issue. “Having a very strong president is important. They work very closely with the party itself as well as the leader, in terms of

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