NDP convention: Israel-Hamas conflict debate, leadership review on agenda

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Israel-Gaza conflict: Singh says no justification to Hamas’ violence
WATCH ABOVE: Speaking in Hamilton, Ont., on Saturday during the party's convention, NDP leader Jagmeet Singh called for an end to the violence amid conflict in Gaza. He also condemned Hamas following their recent attack in Israel, saying there isn't any justification for the group's violence. – Oct 14, 2023

Decked out in orange gear and pins, hundreds of people gathered at the NDP convention, where leader Jagmeet Singh is set to take the stage Saturday afternoon.

The convention’s second day opened in Hamilton with more than 950 delegates in attendance, almost doubling the previous days’ attendance.

Singh, who has been head of the federal NDP since 2017, is also to face a mandatory leadership review — his first since the 2021 election.

At the last convention held in April 2022, 87 per cent of delegates voted against triggering a leadership race.

The vote is expected to follow Singh’s speech.

The New Democrats are also set to debate the war between Israel and Hamas at their convention.

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Several emergency resolutions that address the Middle Eastern conflict condemn the attacks by Hamas militants, while one calls for a ceasefire in Gaza.

With just 30 minutes for delegates to debate the resolutions, not all of them are expected to be discussed.

However, a resolution that’s been given top priority calls for the party to pull out of the confidence-and-supply deal with the Liberals, unless the governing party commits to a universal and entirely public pharmacare program.

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