03/21/2012 06:51 EDT | Updated 05/21/2012 05:12 EDT

What You Need To Know About The NDP Leadership Vote (PHOTOS)


Thousands of New Democrats are convening in Toronto this weekend, and tens of thousands more are expected to participate online, to pick Canada's next Leader of the Official Opposition.

The leadership race that was triggered by Jack Layton’s death in August has been long – seven months – and seven people are left standing.

Convention Coverage, HuffPost Style: Over the next two days, while NDP members pick their new leader in Toronto, follow HuffPost Canada as our team brings you comprehensive coverage. We'll be posting photos, behind-the-scenes video, opinion and reporting from the convention floor.

Follow us at @HuffPostCanada, on our Ottawa Bureau Chief Althia Raj's Facebook Page, on our NDP leadership site, and on our politics page and our front page. Friday, we'll be covering candidate speeches and a tribute to Jack Layton. Saturday morning, we'll be following the rounds of voting that will end with the new leader.

The winning candidate will be elected in a way the NDP has never used before.

What You Need To Know About The NDP Leadership Vote