Fed­eral NDP triples mem­ber­ship

Winnipeg Free Press - - NEWS -

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.

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