Good morning. The first round of voting has ended. We're now awaiting results.
by Chris Hannay 3/24/2012 1:10:00 PM
Just starting what might be a long day at the NDP convention in Toronto. I'm sure the night was short for some of the people here. The Peggy Nash party at the Sheraton ran out of beer around 11 pm last night. No problem at the Thomas Mulcair event at the Intercontinental - he had a cash bar.
by Daniel Leblanc 3/24/2012 1:14:30 PM
Learned one nugget of news this morning - the NDP will have a caucus meeting with the new leader tomorrow morning, at 11 am.
by Daniel Leblanc 3/24/2012 1:14:56 PM
Olivia Chow. Photo by Kevin Van Paassen.
by Chris Hannay 3/24/2012 1:24:48 PM
More photos from Kevin and Fred Lum: www.theglobeandmail.com
by Chris Hannay 3/24/2012 1:25:18 PM
Room is slowly - and I mean slowly - filing up at the Toronto convention centre. First results to come in 30 minutes. The loudest delegations are for Paul Dewar and Peggy Nash. Look forward to seeing more leaders enter the room.
by Daniel Leblanc 3/24/2012 1:31:20 PM
Nathan Cullen supporters are entering the hall. They have green scarves. Dare I repeat myself, but it was the strategy used by Stéphane Dion at the Liberal convention in Montreal in 2006.
by Daniel Leblanc 3/24/2012 1:36:15 PM
The Brian Topp camp chants their support.
by Kevin Van Paassen via mobile 3/24/2012 1:36:26 PM
Another day at the NDP leadership convention in Toronto.
by Fred Lum via mobile 3/24/2012 1:37:13 PM
Supporters in the Nathan Cullen bleachers.
by Fred Lum via mobile 3/24/2012 1:40:52 PM
It's Olivia Chow's birthday today - a big day for her and the party.
by Chris Hannay 3/24/2012 1:45:30 PM
Mulcair n'a pas congédié ses percussionnistes - il arrive dans la salle au son des tambours
Mulcair has the biggest presence at the NDP convention with his drummers. I can safely say that he is not only winning friends within the party with his loud percussions.
by Daniel Leblanc 3/24/2012 1:50:12 PM
Topp supporters at the convention hope to come in second place, and to see Mulcair below 30, or at least below 35. Results in less than 15 minutes
by Daniel Leblanc 3/24/2012 1:51:53 PM
Thomas Mulcair sits with his supporters
by Fred Lum via mobile 3/24/2012 1:53:55 PM
Good morning, everyone. I just chatted with a Cullen supporter who is fretting that the vote, which is to be announced in mere minutes, is too early for Nathan Cullen supporters, many of whom are in in B.C. and still in bed. He's hoping this thing goes to three ballots, to pick up the late-partyer vote out West.
by John Ibbitson 3/24/2012 1:54:41 PM
A Paul Dewar fan turns a wrist injury into ad space.
by Kevin Van Paassen via mobile 3/24/2012 1:54:43 PM
Timing is a factor especially for candidates like Nathan Cullen who have a lot of supporters on the west coast. Sure it's 10 am here in Toronto but it's 7 am on a Saturday morning out there. You have to be pretty dedicated to get out of bed at 10 a.m. on a Saturday to vote in the second ballot. So you can imagine there is a lot of robocalling - the good kind - going on.
by Gloria Galloway 3/24/2012 1:56:05 PM
So we're five minutes away. Here is what you need to look for. 1) Is Thomas Mulcair anywhere near 35 per cent? If he is, he will be hard to beat back. 2) Is there a strong second? If Brian Topp is there, or close, then we could have a fight.
by John Ibbitson 3/24/2012 1:58:51 PM
The party does not want thin this to be over too soon. So we don't know how much time there will be between the first and second ballot. If it looks like someone is close to taking it on the second ballot, watch for several hours between results
by Gloria Galloway 3/24/2012 1:59:15 PM