NDP leader Jagmeet Singh will address the NDP convention in Ottawa Saturday afternoon. (Adrian Wyld/Canadian Press) The NDP federal leader will address the party’s national convention at around 3 p.m. Saturday afternoon in Ottawa.
Jagmeet Singh is expected to mention taxing Netflix and tackling fiscal inequalities in a speech ahead of a vote on his leadership.
Directly after Singh’s speech, the party will begin the leadership vote balloting — where delegates will decide whether to support or reject Singh as leader of the NDP.
Singh is looking to avoid a repeat of what happened to previous leader Tom Mulcair in April 2016.
Mulcair endured an unprecedented defeat, with about half of convention attendees voting in favour of naming a new leader.
It was the first time a federal party leader failed to garner the minimum level of support from his own party.
The results of Singh’s leadership review are expected to be announced Saturday afternoon.
The last election and the release of the controversial LEAP Manifesto revealed a deep split in the party that Singh will seek to mend as leader.
Singh has distanced himself from Mulcair’s notion that the NDP would stick to a balanced budget if elected, saying as recently as last week that he opposes "austerity" and supports stimulus funding when required.
The list of policy proposals being debated at the convention this weekend includes inequality, Indigenous rights, environmental sustainability, free university tuition and pharmacare.
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