NDP Triples Membership During Leadership Race

The federal NDP has tripled its membership ahead of the leadership vote. The party announced that more than 124,000 members are eligible to vote for the next leader of the NDP when voting begins in September. This is more than three times March 2017 membership total of 41,000.

Congratulations to the leadership campaigns, activists and organizers who have been signing up new NDP members to take part in the leadership vote.

The strong membership numbers demonstrate momentum and excitement for the party.

“It’s a very exciting time for the NDP. The fact that so many new members joined – and so many renewed members came back – shows there’s lots of enthusiasm around our leadership race,” said Federal NDP President Marit Stiles.

Steelworkers have been engaged in the leadership race by encouraging USW members to join or renew their NDP membership so they can vote for the next leader; USW locals organized membership drives or included information about joining the NDP in their local newsletters; we promoted the leadership race and the membership deadline on our USW Facebook and Twitter accounts.

The USW was proud to host a full-house Leadership Debate focused on labour issues in June and organized two telephone town halls in July, where USW members had a chance to put their questions to the leadership candidates directly.

The last leadership debate will take place in Vancouver on Sun., Sept. 10. The Leadership Showcase, where each candidate will make a final appeal for support before voting begins, will take place in Hamilton on Sun., Sept. 17.

Online voting begins on Mon., Sept. 18, which is also the deadline for mail-in ballots. The first ballot results announcement will be on Sun., Oct. 1 in Toronto. If no candidate receives a majority of the vote, the second and third ballot round results announcements would take place on Sun., Oct. 8 (Montreal) and Sun., Oct. 15 (Ottawa).

Our union is a founder of the NDP and steadfast supporter of Canada’s labour party. We believe that our party is stronger with Steelworkers as active members of the party. As NDP members, Steelworkers can strengthen our political partnership and continue our shared work to fight for fairness and justice for workers.

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