NDP insider Brad Lavigne


When the late NDP leader Jack Layton rode atop the Orange Wave to bring Official Opposition status to the party in 2011, Brad Lavigne was the chief operative who helped set it into motion. The New Democratic Party's rise over the last decade to 99 seats in the House of Commons from a mere 12 was a remarkable political accomplishment. Lavigne, one of the key architects of the transformation, was Layton's right-hand man. Now, Layton's former campaign manager has published his account of the party's success story. He speaks with Jian about his book, "Building the Orange Wave: The Inside Story Behind the Historic Rise of Jack Layton and the NDP", and gives his sense of the state of the NDP in 2002 compared to now.

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