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Key NDP strategist defends backing Brian Topp

Raymond Guardia says the stakes are different this time for the NDP compared to past leadership contests. He says the NDP must consider who could lead a government as it chooses its new party chief.

Guardia says it's hard to pick one person over another. While he's sure Thomas Mulcair is disappointed with his decision, he also knows Mulcair will prove to be a formidable contender.

The Outremont mp is expected to announce his leadership candidacy on Thursday.
As party president, Brian Topp has stepped out from the party's backrooms to run.

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