NDP Leadership Race: Fundraising Flair Puts Mulcair Ahead Of Topp.. So Far

First Posted: 03/ 2/2012 7:50 pm Updated: 03/ 2/2012 9:44 pm

OTTAWA - Thomas Mulcair has pulled ahead in the NDP leadership race, at least when it comes to raising money.

The latest candidate financial reports filed with Elections Canada show the Montreal MP had raked in just over $205,000 from 1,347 donors by the end of February.

The numbers suggest Mulcair is the candidate with momentum; his haul is up $60,000 since the end of December.

Former party president Brian Topp isn't far behind, with $183,000 from 984 donors.

Topp had been the leading fundraiser up to the end of last year but he's raised only about $14,000 since then.

Ottawa MP Paul Dewar has also showed momentum, collecting $144,000 from 782 donors, up about $50,000 since December and now ahead of Toronto MP Peggy Nash in the fundraising stakes.

Nash has gathered $139,000 from 727 contributors, up $31,000.

The three other contenders — Nathan Cullen, Niki Ashton and Martin Singh — have not yet submitted their reports, which are due Saturday.

The reports show the financial status of each candidate's campaign from the time of registering as a candidate last fall until the end of February.

Of the four who've submitted reports so far, Topp is the only one who records taking out a loan — $100,000 from John Sterling a friend who "made a personal loan to help get the campaign off the ground," according to a Topp spokesman.

Topp also reports a $20,000 line of credit; Mulcair $15,000 and Dewar almost $31,000.

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This is a question I get from party members everywhere I go. New Democrats want to win in 2015. And they want to know that the candidates have a plan to win and then to govern well. I believe that the key to winning is to offer a clear and positive social democratic agenda for change. We don't have to become Liberals to win. We don't have to defeat ourselves even as we win by adopting the priorities and agendas of our opponents -- by becoming what we are fighting to change.

And we don't have to borrow from the Conservative playbook by practicing the cynical politics of division and anger. For every criticism we make of or opponents, we have to offer a positive solution in its place. In my campaign I have offered a series of detailed proposals to improve the fairness of our tax system and I will be releasing major policy initiatives aimed at building a more equal, greener and just Canada. In the end, New Democrats win by staying positive, by offering a clear and practical agenda for change, and by having the courage of our convictions.

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