New Democratic Party leadership election, 1975

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New Democratic Party leadership election, 1975
Date July 4–7, 1975
Convention Winnipeg, Manitoba
Resigning leader David Lewis
Won by Ed Broadbent
Ballots 4
Candidates 5

New Democratic Party leadership elections

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The 1975 New Democratic Party leadership election, was held in Winnipeg, from July 4 to 7 to elect a leader of the New Democratic Party of Canada. David Lewis retired as federal leader, and Ed Broadbent was elected as his successor. Rosemary Brown made the first attempt by woman-of-colour to run for leader of a major recognized Canadian political party. She came in second. Broadbent led the NDP to its greatest electoral successes to then, including the historic 43 seats in the House of Commons in 1988. This convention marked the beginning of fourteen years of party unity and stability that allowed it to reach its best electoral performances of the 20th century.

Leadership vote[edit]

Delegate support by ballot
Candidate 1st ballot 2nd ballot 3rd ballot 4th ballot
Name Votes cast  % Votes cast  % Votes cast  % Votes cast  %
Ed Broadbent 536 33.1% 586 36.1% 694 43.4% 984 59.9%
Rosemary Brown 413 25.6% 397 24.5% 494 30.9% 658 40.1%
Lorne Nystrom 345 21.3% 342 21.1% 413 25.8%
John Paul Harney 313 19.3% 299 18.4%
Douglas Campbell 11 0.7%
Total 1,618 100.0% 1,624 100.0% 1,601 100.0% 1,642 100.0%

Notes[edit]

References[edit]

  • Morton, Desmond (1986). The New Democrats, 1961-1986 : the politics of change (3 ed.). Toronto: Copp Clark Pitman. ISBN 0-7730-4618-6. 
  • Smith, Cameron (1989). Unfinished Journey: The Lewis Family. Toronto: Summerhill Press. ISBN 0-929091-04-3.