Saskatoon's Ryan Meili--leadership hopeful-- is about to give his talk on the podium...from the amount of chanting I can hear it seems he has a lot of supporters here today...
Former NDP leadership candidate and Regina economist Erin Weir jokes before giving Meili a heartfelt endorsement speech: "I supported Ryan Meili and all I got was this lousy t-shirt"
Now Regina Rosemont MLA Trent Wotherspoon is about to take the stage...his group of followers in TCU Place is certainly a little quieter
Key platform messages from candidates:
Ryan Meili: talks about "healthy communities": physical/mental health and community support for underprivileged; good policy solutions for the environment; rebuilding & changing the NDP
Trent Wotherspoon: talks about "listening to what voters around SK want"; strong financial growth; relationship building to strengthen NDP
Cam Broten: talks about strengthening health & education policy; the environment; building NDP through fairness and good policy ideas.
The first ballot is now open--many are filing into the voting room.
The nervous moments are underway for the candidates as voting on the first ballot is underway!
Mulcair on job earnings: "80 percent of people in Canada are taking home less than they were 20 years ago."
We do have to be creative, we do have to reach across the country and speak to every single progressive" Tom Mulcai
I have one goal, getting rid of Stephen Harper in 2015!" Tom Mulcai
On the F-35's "Peter does have arithmetic problems" Tom Mulcair
1st candidate to be removed "officially" is Erin Weir...vote count after first ballot: Ryan Meili: 3,984; Cam Broten: 2,942; Trent Wotherspoon: 2,120
First ballot results, Meili: 3,384, Broten: 2,942, Wotherspoon: 2,120.
Trent Wotherspoon steps down, second ballot between Meili and Broten
Second ballot closes at 3:45 and we can expect results by 4:15
A voting official is reminding members they must vote in second ballot: some Wotherspoon supporters are asking if they have to
After 45 minutes of entertainment...speeches have started again and voting has officially closed.
If we stay on schedule we should know the results in about half an hour!