About 1,000 New Democrats from across Ontario are gathering in Toronto for their annual convention, which includes a
vote on Andrea Horwath's leadership.
- Andrea Horwath defends NDP's election performance
Horwath faces an automatic leadership review Saturday following the NDP's third-place showing in the June 12 election, which cost the party the balance of power it held when the Liberals were in a minority government.
Many New Democrats are still angry over their campaign, when Horwath was accused of abandoning core party values and moving to the right of the Liberals in a desperate attempt to grab votes.
Horwath says she's worked hard to reach out to disaffected party members who expressed concerns, and has learned from what she calls the victories and failings of the NDP campaign.
She says campaign issues will be dealt with this weekend, and then the party can use the rest of the convention to focus on its vision for the future and on ways to attract more voters in the next election.
There are no open challengers to her leadership, but one group calling itself the NDP's socialist caucus has circulated a petition calling for Horwath's resignation because of the election campaign.