NDP Leadership Convention Strategy

Who doesn't love a leadership convention? It's got it all... There's the potential for surprise. Remember Joe Clark's victory, that was so stunning it created a nickname. And there's the potential to mark our progress as a nation... Trudeau's victory over Robert Winters signified so much more than just a generational passing of the torch. Members of the NDP will gather this weekend in the shadow of Jack Layton to pick a new leader. We look at what the delegates are thinking and some of the strategies that could be at play.

Today's guest host was Jim Brown.

Part One of The Current


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NDP Leadership Convention Strategy

The long months of fundraising, campaigning and debating boil down to just a few more days for the NDP leadership hopefuls. This weekend in Toronto, the party convenes to decide which of seven candidates will be the new leader of the Official Opposition.

To look at what variables are at play and how things might unfold - both publicly and privately - we were joined by three people with a deep collective knowledge of the NDP.

Ian Capstick is a former NDP strategist and he served as Jack Layton's press secretary. And for disclosure's sake, he says he has not yet decided who to vote for in the leadership race. Ian Capstick joined us from the Ottawa airport.

Gerry Caplan is former national director and campaign director for the federal NDP, and he is supporting perceived front runner, current deputy leader Thomas Mulcair. He was in Richmond Hill, Ontario.

And Judy Rebick, though no longer an NDP member, has been a longtime party activist. She is also the founding publisher of rabble.ca and the author of the e-book, Occupy This. She says she'd support anyone but Mulcair. Judy Rebick joined us from Montreal.

This segment was produced by The Current's Kristin Nelson and Ottawa Network Producer, Neil Morrison.

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