Rank-and-file New Democrats handed Tom Mulcair another ballot-box drubbing Sunday, voting to replace him as leader less than six months after a devastating election loss that dashed the party’s dream of forming Canada’s first federal NDP government.
A stunned silence fell over the convention floor at Edmonton’s Shaw Conference Centre as delegates realized that not only had Mulcair not attained a respectable level of support, he hadn’t even reached the 50-per-cent threshold – unheard of in a federal leadership review.
As a result, the man who less than a year ago was being touted as poised to become Canada’s first-ever NDP prime minister instead became the first federal leader ever to be rejected by a majority of delegates – 52 per cent – at a party’s annual convention.
“The only thing that’s important is that we leave here united,” a calm, resigned-looking Mulcair told delegates after the vote.
Mulcair said he’ll remain as leader until his successor is chosen, within 24 months.
“The person who replaces me must have the absolute and complete support of 100 per cent of the members of the NDP.”
He thanked his wife and the delegates, and urged the party to come together around his successor, whomever that turns out to be.
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