Federal NDP triples membership
OTTAWA — Despite the fact that it hasn’t exactly dominated headlines, the federal New Democrat leadership race helped the third-place party more than triple its membership ranks since March, numbers released Tuesday suggest.
The party said it now has more than 124,000 members who will be eligible to choose from among the four candidates vying to replace Tom Mulcair as the party’s federal leader.
The figure is a big boost for the NDP, who had just 41,000 members at the end of March.
Party president Marit Stiles cited the numbers as evidence of renewed enthusiasm for the NDP.
“The party and the four candidates continue to make tremendous efforts to mobilize and engage supporters and the results are starting to show,” Stiles said in a statement.
Earning the support of members will be a critical element of success for the leadership candidates — MPs Charlie Angus, Niki Ashton and Guy Caron, and Jagmeet Singh, a member of the Ontario legislature.