Charlie Angus announces his intention to run for the NDP leadership at a rally in Toronto on Feb. 26, 2017. (Photo: Chris Young/CP)2. Rebuild in Quebec. In 2011, the NDP managed to claim 59 of 75 available seats in the province, a late surge commonly referred to as the "Orange Wave" — a historic breakthrough credited to NDP leader Jack Layton and his then-Quebec lieutenant Tom Mulcair. After Mulcair took over following Layton's death, NDP supporters had high hopes for the party in 2015, only to see them dashed by a confluence of factors, including an aggressive Conservative and Bloc Quebecois offensive on the issue of face coverings at citizenship ceremonies. The party was left holding just 16 of the 75 Quebec seats. As a Quebec MP, Guy Caron is currently in the best position to help the party rebuild its support there.
Guy Caron announces that he will run for the NDP leadership on Feb. 27, 2017 in Gatineau, Que. (Photo: Justin Tang/CP)3. Target growth in downtown Toronto, Atlantic Canada. On election day in 2015, the NDP found themselves wiped out by a wave of Liberal support in areas including downtown Toronto and Atlantic Canada. They even lost a number of traditional NDP strongholds, notably Toronto-Danforth, once Layton's domain. 4. Fundraise, fundraise, fundraise (and sign up new party members). NDP hopefuls will need to demonstrate their fundraising power because the party is in desperate need of cash. In its 2015 annual financial return, the NDP said it was carrying $5.8 million in debt. It has also lost a significant number of card-carrying supporters. The New Democrats have half as many supporters today than they did at the end of their 2012 leadership race. There were 60,000 NDP members as of December 2016, a party spokesperson said Monday; by the time the 2012 race that installed Mulcair was over, there were 120,000.
Peter Julian announces he will run NDP leader in New Westminster, B.C., on Feb. 12, 2017. (Photo: Darryl Dyck/CP)5. Woo back progressives who voted Liberal in 2015. The NDP lost significant support among progressive voters during the last election campaign. B.C. MP Nathan Cullen, a 2012 leadership contender, has suggested Canadians were attracted by Trudeau's celebrity but have since been disappointed by broken promises, including on electoral reform. Karl Belanger, the NDP's former national director, said many people in the party were disappointed by the results of the last election. Belanger said it now falls to the growing ranks of leadership candidates to step up and create excitement and support across a wide range of Canadians.
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