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NDP Federal Leadership Race (March 24, 2012)

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Justin Trudeau, Jack Layton and the Future of Cooperation

[Welcome, National Newswatch readers!] While Justin Trudeau's Liberals are trying to shape an economic policy that "builds from the middle out", the political challenge they face is to rebuild their party's vote-share from the centre out. During the last general election, as John Ivision and others reported at the time, the Liberals' objective was to […]

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Leadership Calendar

Mon Aug 22Jack Layton passes away
Sat Aug 27 State Funeral for Jack Layton in Toronto
Tue Aug 30 Chief Electoral Officer notified of vacancy in Toronto – Danforth by the Commons Speaker
Fri Sep 9 NDP Federal Council sets rules for Leadership Contest
Sat Sep 10 First day a by-election could be called in Toronto – Danforth
Tue Sep 13 Québec NDP caucus meets in Québec City
Wed Sep 14 NDP caucus pre-session strategy session starts in Québec City
Thu Sep 15 NDP caucus pre-session strategy session concludes
NDP Leadership Contest officially starts at MIDNIGHT
First day to register as an NDP Leadership Contestant

Leadership Contestant Registration Report due upon Registration with Elections Canada
Sat Sep 17 Bloc Québécois party council meeting in Drummondville to finalize leadership contest rules
Mon Sep 19 House of Commons reconvenes in Ottawa
Mon Oct 3 PEI provincial election
NWT territorial election
Tue Oct 4 Manitoba provincial election
Thu Oct 6 Ontario provincial election
Mon Oct 10 House of Commons adjourns for a constituency week (Thanksgiving - Mon Oct 10)
Tue Oct 11 Nfld/Lab provincial election
Yukon territorial election
Mon Oct 17 First date on which a by-election could be held in Toronto – Danforth
Mon Nov 7 Saskatchewan provincial election
Mon Nov 7 House of Commons adjourns for a constituency week (Remembrance Day - Fri Nov 11)
Sat Dec 11 Winner of the Bloc Québécois leadership mail-in ballot announced
Fri Dec 16 House of Commons adjourns for Christmas break
Thu Jan 12 Interim Financial Statement due to NDP Chief Electoral Officer
Tue Jan 24 Last day to register as an NDP Leadership Contestant (60 days before voting day)
Mon Jan 30 House of Commons provisionally set to reconvene
Sat Feb 18 Last day to take out an NDP membership with leadership voting rights (35 days before voting day)
Sun Feb 26 Last day a by-election can be called in Toronto – Danforth
Sat Mar 3 1st/4 Weekly Contributions Reports to Elections Canada due
Sat Mar 10 2nd/4 Weekly Contributions Reports to Elections Canada due
Sat Mar 17 3rd/4 Weekly Contributions Reports to Elections Canada due
Sat Mar 24 Voting Day; NDP Leadership Contest officially ends
4th/4 Weekly Contributions Reports to Elections Canada due
Mon Apr 2 First Monday at least 36 days after the last date on which a by-election could be called in Toronto – Danforth
Mon Sep 24 Final Leadership Contestant Financial Report to Elections Canada due

NDP Election History, 1997-2011

Chart: NDP Election History, 1997-2011

Older Blogposts from punditsguide.ca

Oct 31UPDATED: Third Quarter Fundraising Sees NDP Edge Liberals
Sep 23Pundits’ Guide to the Liberal Leadership Contest
Jul 31Party Second Quarter Returns Hint at Trends Worth Watching
Jun 13What the Liberals can learn from the NDP Leadership Race
Apr 2Cullen Narrowly Won Convention, But Mulcair Victory Already Assured
Mar 20Money, Momentum and Mudslinging Mark Final Week of NDP Leadership Race
Mar 7Cullen Momentum Threatening Mulcair, NDP Leadership Donation Data Suggests
Feb 29Beginning of the End Games: Paths to Win in the NDP Leadership Race
Feb 21UPDATED: BC and Ontario to decide NDP Leadership outcome
Feb 15The Push, the Pin, the Polls, the Plea, and the Counterpunch: NDP Leadership Race Gets Competitive
Feb 13Dewar camp releases full NDP Leadership poll results
Feb 7Goodbye-Election Called in Layton’s Old Riding
Feb 2NDP Leadership Fundraising Predicted First Ballot Outcome in 2003
Jan 24UPDATED: Battlelines Visible Under the Surface of NDP Leadership Race
Jan 5The NDP’s Previous Experience with Leadership Primaries
Jan 5What a Good Strategic Poll Looks Like in the NDP Leadership Race
Dec 24Pros and Cons of the Cullen Plan: a Sceptic’s Guide to Electoral Coalitions in Canada
Dec 22Gaming out the NDP’s One-Member-One-Vote System
Dec 12Being spun 9 ways from last Sunday: Post-debate NDP leadership landscape taking shape
Nov 17UPDATED: Ontario growing in importance, latest NDP Membership numbers show
Oct 30Peekabo, Getting-to-know-you Phase of NDP Leadership Race Nearing End
Oct 15Twists & Left-Right Turns on the Orange Brick Road:
NDP Leadership Race Yet To Fully Take Shape
Sep 14Pundits’ Guide to the NDP Leadership Contest
Sep 2One Candidate Stands Out in post-2006 Liberal Leadership Fundraising
Aug 31Leadership Rules Need Changing
Aug 22Oh Jack. What now?

Declared Candidates

Brian Topp - Website - Declared: September 12, 2011 - Registered as Candidate with the NDP: September 19, 2011 - Resigned as Party President: September 21, 2011

Roméo Saganash - Website - Declared: September 16, 2011 - Registered as Candidate with the NDP: October xx, 2011

Nathan Cullen - Website - Declared: September 30, 2011 - Registered as Candidate with the NDP: October 24, 2011

Paul Dewar - Website - Declared: October 2, 2011 - Registered as Candidate with the NDP: October 3, 2011

Martin Singh - Website - Declared: October 2, 2011 - Registered as Candidate with the NDP: October 14, 2011

Thomas Mulcair - Website - Declared: October 13, 2011 - Registered as Candidate with the NDP: October 13, 2011

Peggy Nash - Website - Declared: October 28, 2011 - Registered as Candidate with the NDP: October 28, 2011

Niki Ashton - Website - Declared: November 7, 2011

Robert Chisholm - Website - Declared: October 30, 2011 - Withdrawn: December 21, 2011

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Preliminary Membership Counts

Chart: Federal NDP Membership Counts

The Debates

DateCityLngTopicURL to Watch
Dec 4OttBilEconomyOn CPAC | News Confs
Dec 10VanEnTownhallOn BCNDP Livestream
Jan 29HfxEnFamilies[URL to come]
Feb 12QuéFrForeign Policy[URL to come]
Feb 26WpgEnTransp/Comms[URL to come]
Mar 4MtlFrNatl Unity[URL to come]
Mar 11VanEnNew Cdns/Youth[URL to come]

The Rules

The Rulebook (PDF from ndp.ca)
Launchmidnight, September 15
Entry Fee$15K (non-refundable)
Spending Limit$500K
SignaturesMinimum of 500
>= 50/in ea. of 5 regions
>= 250 women
Candidate Registration Cut-offJanuary 24
Membership Cut-offFebruary 18
Voting DayMarch 24
Leadership2012.ca website
Romeo Saganash for NDP Leader
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Still Mulling:

[No-one else, at this point. Deadline to register as a candidate is Tuesday, January 24.]