Dominic Cardy

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Dominic Cardy
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Leader of the New Brunswick New Democratic Party
Incumbent
Assumed office
March 2, 2011
Preceded by Jesse Travis
Personal details
Born (1970-07-25) July 25, 1970 (age 43)
Oxford, United Kingdom
Political party New Brunswick New Democratic Party
Occupation Leader, New Brunswick NDP

Dominic Cardy (born July 25, 1970) is a Canadian politician. He was selected as the leader of the New Brunswick New Democratic Party in the party's leadership election process on March 2, 2011. A resident of Fredericton, Cardy was the party's campaign director in the 2010 provincial election.[1]

Political career[edit]

Cardy was acclaimed party leader after the only other candidate for the position, Pierre Cyr, was disqualified.[1] At the 2012 New Brunswick New Democratic Party convention, Cardy received an 82% vote of confidence in his leadership from the assembled delegates.[2]

Cardy previously worked for the National Democratic Institute for International Affairs (NDI) between 2001 and 2008. He served as a senior staff member and then country director for NDI in Nepal, Bangladesh and Cambodia.[3]

Earlier, in 2000, Cardy co-founded NDProgress, a pressure group within the NDP that advocated the modernization of the party's governance structures.[4] In writing about the debate within the NDP prior to its 2001 convention between the New Politics Initiative and those such as NDProgress, Cardy wrote "Some want to see the NDP recreated as a mass party based on the ideas of the traditional left, but infused with the energy of the new social movements and the anti-globalization activists. And there are those pushing from another direction, taking inspiration from the European socialists. If I had my choice I would fall firmly into this camp, those who want the party to follow the path laid by social democrats like Gary Doer, Tony Blair and Gerhard Schröder."[5]

Under Cardy's leadership, the party has undergone an extensive process of professional reorganization and modernization. Since becoming leader, the New Brunswick NDP has experienced growing support in the polls, and the party currently holds a record level of support at 27% with 17% supporting Cardy as best premier.[6] During the 2012 federal NDP leadership race, Cardy backed Thomas Mulcair, and was one of the introductory speakers at his campaign launch.

Cardy was the NDP's candidate in a June 25, 2012 provincial by-election in Rothesay, coming in third with 27% of the vote.

Electoral record[edit]

2012 by-election: Rothesay
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
     Progressive Conservative Hugh John "Ted" Flemming III 1625 38.26 -18.31
     Liberal John Wilcox 1328 31.27 +2.87
     NDP Dominic Cardy 1158 27.27 +18.30
Green Sharon Murphy 69 1.62 -4.43
     Independent Marjorie MacMurray 62 1.46 *

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Cardy is N.B.'s new NDP leader". CBC News. March 2, 2011. Retrieved March 22, 2011. 
  2. ^ "Dominic Cardy obtient la confiance des partisans du NPD". L'Acadie Nouvelle. April 14, 2012. Retrieved April 18, 2012. 
  3. ^ "Dominic Cardy joins the Forum as director for Asia-Pacific Programs". Forum on Federations. Forum on Federations. November 20, 2008. Retrieved March 24, 2011. 
  4. ^ biography dominiccardy.ca
  5. ^ OPEN LETTER TO NEW DEMOCRATS by Dominic Cardy (October 2001)
  6. ^ http://cra.ca/wp-content/uploads/2013/06/13-2-NB-Press-Release1.pdf

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