The NDP leadership convention convened today in Toronto, and tomorrow the party will elect a successor to former party leader Jack Layton. Eight candidates remain after almost five months of campaigning. Thomas Mulcair, MP for Outremont and Layton’s top Quebec lieutenant, is believed to be the front-runner. Last week, however, Mulcair came under attack from former NDP leader Ed Broadbent over fears that he would move the party closer to the centre.
Last Tuesday, The Daily sat down with the “McGill Five” – the five former McGill students elected to Parliament in the general election last May – to discuss their endorsements and how they think a suddenly rancorous campaign could affect the party.
Click on each name to read their interview:
Charmaine Borg – MP for Terrebonne-Blainville
Matthew Dubé – MP for Chambly-Borduas
Mylène Freeman – MP for Argenteuil-Papineau-Mirabel
Lauren Liu – Deputy Critic for the Environment, MP for Rivière-des-Milles-Îles
Jamie Nicholls – MP for Vaudreuil-Soulanges