NDP leader Tom Mulcair goes over notes with party whip Marjolaine Boutin-Sweet prior to a caucus meeting Sept. 14, 2016 in Montreal. (Photo: Paul Chiasson/CP)
NDP well behind in fundraisingElections Canada figures from the second quarter of 2016 paint a bleak financial picture for the New Democrats who collected $1.08 million from 15,906 donors. The figures are a far cry from the Conservatives, who brought in $5.07 million from 37,223 donors, and the Liberals who received $4.9 million from 36,080 contributors. The first thing New Democrats need to do is tap the strength of the 44-member team itself, Fox noted. Veteran caucus member Nathan Cullen said he is confident that the NDP can stay connected to progressives who will consider his party again in three years.
Cullen: 'We've never had a celebrity prime minister before'He believes many voters are giving the Liberals the benefit of the doubt for now, but said Trudeau's actions on issues including electoral reform and climate change will be the real test. "If he disappoints, folks are just dating," Cullen said in an interview. "We've never had a celebrity prime minister before ... the world of celebrity is a very different place. It gets built quickly and it gets torn down quickly." Cullen — a 2012 NDP leadership candidate who opted to stay out of this race — also believes the leadership race will help to generate enthusiasm and money once the race isn't so far away. So far, there are no candidates vying to replace Tom Mulcair. A successor will be named next fall.
New leader will mean new money: MP"Whenever a leadership contest happens, you see a rush of new members as all of the candidates try to sign up people," said Queen's University labour and history professor Christo Aivali. "While that happens, there's usually associated donations. That will help. I think a new leader will create a ... person behind which the party can work forward towards. That will help bring in new money."
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