NDP boasts nearly 130,000 voters for leader 0
NDP interim leader Nycole Turmel delivers a speech at a rally in Ottawa, January 25, 2012. (Chris Roussakis/QMI Agency)
OTTAWA - The federal New Democratic Party says it has nearly 130,000
card-carrying members across the country who will be eligible to vote next
month for a new leader of the official Opposition.
The cutoff date for selling new memberships in order to vote in the March 24 election was on the weekend.
The NDP says it has sold 128,351 memberships. More than 44,000 memberships
were sold since the race began.
Voters from two provinces hold a hefty majority. In B.C. there are 38,735 New
Democrats and in Ontario there are 36,760. Combined, that means New
Democrats from just those two provinces make up 59% of the party's
In the House of Commons, though, 58% of the 101 NDP MPs are from
Quebec. And while the NDP has seen its membership grow in Quebec by 600% during the leadership race, there are still just 12,266 members there or about 9.6% of all those eligible to vote.
By comparison, 14,039 Quebecers voted in the Bloc Quebecois leadership race
that saw Daniel Paille succeed Gilles Duceppe.
Neither the Liberals nor the Conservatives would release their membership
Here's the NDP membership rundown by province:
Alta.: 10,249 members, 8.0% of party membership
B.C.: 38,735 members, 30.2%
Man.: 12,056 members, 9.4%
N.B.: 955 members, 0.7%
N.L.: 1,030 members, 0.8%
N.S.: 3,844 members, 3.0%
N.W.T./Nunanvut/Y.T.: 924 members, 0.7%
Ont.: 36,760 members, 28.6%
P.E.I.: 268 members, 0.2%
Que.: 12,266 members, 9.6%
Sask.: 11,264 members, 8.8%