03/20/2012 09:39 EDT | Updated 05/20/2012 05:12 EDT

Four Themes From The NDP Leadership Race (PHOTOS)


Last spring, Jack Layton led the NDP to an historic election result: the party leapt from fourth in the House of Commons to Official Opposition. Less than four months later, Layton died of cancer. In the seven months since his death, nine candidates declared their intention to run to replace a leader known to his staff, to colleagues and to voters simply as Jack.

Seven leadership contenders remain as the NDP heads into Saturday’s vote.

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Here are the top four themes from the race.