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New Democrats gather at their national convention to hear from labour leaders, Obama associates and the party faithful

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NDP delegates listen to Manitoba Premier Gary Doer's address.

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NDP Leader Jack Layton waits in the wings on the opening day of the party's Halifax convention.

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Manitoba Premier Gary Doer rallies the NDP faithful during his speech to the federal convention.

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Boston Bruins defenceman Andrew Ference speaks about climate change to the New Democratic Party national convention.

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A delegate votes on a procedural motion during the opening session of the NDP national convention in Halifax.

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NDP Leader Jack Layton embraces Alexa McDonough following the former leader's speech to Halifax convention's evening session.

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Nova Scotia Premer Darrell Dexter takes to the stage for his closing speech to the first day of the NDP federal convention in Halifax.

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NDP Leader Jack Layton walks past a painting of himself created by Quebec artist Wynne Parkin. The piece was put on display and raffled off.

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Quebec delegates celebrate after a successful vote during policy debates at the convention on Saturday.

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Leader Jack Layton congratulates former Parkdale-High Park MP Peggy Nash on being elected New Democratic Party president at the national convention.

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U.S. labour and political organizer Marshall Ganz, who played a key role in Barack Obama's presidential victory, rallies the NDP faithful during his speech on Saturday.

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Betsy Myers, the chief operating officer in Obama presidential campaign, speaks to NDP delegates.

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Dan Griffin, a delegate from Burlington, Ont., speaks to a resolution during Saturday afternoon policy debates.

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An NDP supporter shows off a handful of buttons distributed on the final day of the convention in support of keeping the party name as is.

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NDP Leader Jack Layton closes out his party's national convention with a keynote speech on Sunday, Aug. 17.

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