Canada’s social democratic NDP party made political history in the federal election of 2011, when for the first time it elected enough Members of Parliament to become the Official Opposition.
The win came party because of the New Democratic Party’s political platform, partly as a reaction to the policies of the Conservative government of Prime Minister Stephen Harper, and a lot thanks to the party’s charismatic leader Jack Layton.
Only months later Layton died of cancer. His replacement, Thomas Mulcair, an experienced politician has been trying to build on the party’s success.
The next federal election is in 2015, and the NDP faces the reality that throughout Canadian history, Canadian voters have turned to either Liberals or Conservatives to form their federal government.
Mulcair and his party hope to change that, and over the past three days have been meeting and strategizing.
RCI’s Wojek Gwiazda has a report.Listen