NDP Leadership Race: Montreal Debate Sees Candidates Discuss Quebec's Place In Canada

First Posted: 01/15/12 05:35 PM ET Updated: 01/18/12 12:50 PM ET

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NDP leadership hopefuls gathered in Montreal today for a debate that touched on Quebec's place in Canada, the French language, and the challenges facing urban centres.

MONTREAL - NDP leadership hopefuls gathered in Montreal today for a debate that touched on Quebec's place in Canada, the French language, and the challenges facing urban centres.

Seven of the eight candidates vying to replace the late Jack Layton as party leader were in attendance.

Thomas Mulcair, Brian Topp, Niki Ashton, Nathan Cullen, Paul Dewar, Peggy Nash and Martin Singh took part in the debate.

Romeo Saganash didn't attend.

The debate was held in riding which once belonged to ex-Bloc Quebecois leader Gilles Duceppe and was won by the NDP during last May's surge.

Under Layton's leadership, Quebec delivered more than half the party's 103 seats won in the federal election.

Earlier on HuffPost:

Brian Topp - How would the NDP change under your leadership?
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I want to continue travelling down the path carved by Jack Layton. That means focussing on what matters in the lives of ordinary people, building our party in every region of the country, and involving grassroots party members at every level. I believe that's how we keep our party united, how we consolidate our gains, and how we build on those gains to form a new NDP government.
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