With the federal NDP now forced to move on in a world without Jack Layton, eyes are focusing on the party’s leadership. Party president Brian Topp, close advisor to Layton, admits he’s considering a leadership run to succeed Layton. Montreal MP Thomas Mulcair, Layton’s deputy leader, is widely considered to have a serious shot at taking Layton’s place. Other names include former Manitoba premier Gary Doer, former Nova Scotia NDP leader and newly elected MP Robert Chisholm, and veteran MPs Libby Davies and Paul Dewar.
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