TORONTO -- Thomas Mulcair and Peggy Nash may be two of the most experienced candidates running for the leadership of the NDP, but you wouldn't have known if you watched their convention speeches.
Mulcair started with a parade, accompanied by drums and signs, speeches and video, but when the front-runner took to the podium, all the audience at the Toronto convention centre got was a really quick read of his stump speech.
Clearly running out of time after the long, slow build, Mulcair sped through his speech to delegates. On Twitter, the response was immediate.
"Liberal in a hurry" takes on new meaning as Mulcair takes to the mic," wrote Mark Watton.
The National Post's John Ivison wrote, "Mulcair reading his speech as if he and it are complete strangers. Isn't he meant to be the Great Communicator?"
Nash took the stage after Mulcair and experienced problems of her own. Word on the floor of the convention was her teleprompter sped up, forcing her to ad lib the rest of her speech.
Thinking on her feet may have caused the Nash to go over her time, which led convention organizers to turn on the music, Oscars style, to get her off the stage. Check out the video of the moment below.
Peggy Nash's speech gets cut off at the NDP Convention.
Mar 23, 2012 | Source: Keek.com
Users on Twitter speculated that Nash's misstep may actually be an advantage, pointing to Stephane Dion's victory at the 2006 Liberal convention after his speech was also cut off.
We'll have to wait until Saturday to find out if lightning will strike twice.
Take a look at the reaction to Mulcair's fast speech on Twitter in the slideshow below.
Thank you for joining us. Lots to review here:
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DELEGATES LEAVE THE HALL
After a long two days, delegates file out of convention for good
Mar 24, 2012 | Source: Keek.com
|@ RyanPainterShow : It is AMAZING how quickly ppl have ALREADY written off @ThomasMulcair based on his first speech. You'll see, is all I have to say #ndpldr|
|@ alishasawhney : Muclair represents the new face of the NDP in Canadian politics. Was his lack of vigour in his speech just due to exhaustion? #ndpldr|
|@ seleross : I only have twitter over here. Terrible reviews of speech; no idea what was actually said. #ndpldr|
|@ tomhawthorn : No question. Fiasco of a victory speech by Mulcair. Wonder who'll tell him? #ndpldr|
|@ itsabbeyk : After 7 months of campaigning and 12+ hours of coverage on CBC, it's finally over and an ex-Liberal is leading the NDP. #ndpldr|
|@ freethephoenix : Wonderful speech, Mulcair!! And Congratulations!! Don't heed the haters :) We'll make Canada better for them, too. #ndpldr|
|@ RayCecile : Mulcair's speech didn't say anything about putting a sound policy in place that will help business' create jobs #cdnpoli #ndpldr|
|@ SimStr1 : No fire in @thomasmulcair. We need fire from the left and @ElizabethMay has it. We'll see who inspires youth! #ndpldr|
|@ ocean_raven : Rethinking my support of the NDP now that Mulcair is in the leadership role. I do not trust him. #ndpldr|
|@ evansolomoncbc : Thomas Mulcair says "in order to have first ndp fed govt our party must reach beyond traditional base" #cdnpoli #ndpldr|
|@ IvisonJ : "Our future is limitless, if we get our priorities right" - Mulcair. He made that line sound like he was ordering pizza. #ndpldr|
"From medicare to public pensions, these values are reflected in the institutions we built, institutions we risk losing under the polices of the current government."
|@ Snafulp : @HuffPostCanada There goes Jack Layton's dream and hardwork down the drain..This man is a wolf in sheep's clothing..I am so sad today|
|@ althiaraj : "Our future is limitless if we get our priorities right," Mulcair says|
"Democracy can't just mean the right to vote. Democracy must also mean .. knowing that your vote matters."
Mulcair: (paraphrased) The youth are so turned off by today's politics they won't vote. It's not that they don't care, it's that they don't trust their vote will make a difference.
Mulcair talks about the people he met in community centres across the country:
"The voices of those Canadians should not only be heard, they should be at the centre of our national agenda."
|@ rachelmendleson : Broadbrent joins Mulcair, other candidates on the stage #ndpldr http://t.co/qrY9yq5N|
To my mother, my mom, who with her brothers and sistgers is up north watching us, hello!
And the speech begins.
|@ althiaraj : Thomas Mulcair leaves bleechers to come give his speech to #ndpldr candidates http://t.co/8MiiVF0M|
It's no secret Thomas Mulcair has some unifying to do. Expect to hear much about this in the speech, which will happen momentarily
(CP) Montreal MP Thomas Mulcair has been chosen to succeed Jack Layton as leader of the federal NDP.
Mulcair claimed 57.2 per cent of the vote in a fourth-ballot victory over chief rival Brian Topp, who claimed 42.8 per cent.
The two front-runners were the last men standing after a day-long voting marathon that was plagued by online delays, the result of an attempted cyber-attack on the party's website.
Long-shot candidate Nathan Cullen persisted until the third ballot, outlasting rivals Peggy Nash, Paul Dewar, Niki Ashton and Martin Singh.
Nycole Turmel as well in an apparent show of NDP solidarity