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Singh seeks to rally New Democrats as glitchy policy convention wraps up

FILE -- NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh speaks to journalists on Parliament Hill after the Throne Speech in Ottawa, Thursday, Dec. 5, 2019. Singh repeated his support Saturday for a Fredericton abortion clinic struggling to remain open because of the lack of funding for out-of-hospital abortions in New Brunswick. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chris Wattie

OTTAWA — Federal NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh aims to energize the grassroots on the final day of a virtual convention riddled with hiccups and frustrations over the first two days.

Singh is scheduled to address more than 2,000 delegates assembled online to debate and vote on resolutions that will guide the NDP campaign platform ahead of a possible election later this year.

He has consistently emerged as the most popular federal leader in recent polls, but the party often falls short of 20 per cent support.

At the ballot box, Singh will be fighting for Liberal seats while also seeking to stave off challenges from Conservatives gunning for trade union votes and Greens explicitly targetting NDP voters.

His speech today will also look to shore up solidarity within the party at a convention that saw glitches and procedural delays threaten to sideline policy debate as tensions emerged over how far left the party should tack.

Resolutions on deck for a vote today include proposals to insert the word “socialism” into the party constitution and implement all 231 recommendations to emerge from the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published April 11, 2021.

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