[quote]Quebec MP Thomas Mulcair on Saturday won the contest to become the leader of Canada’s New Democrats, finally giving the party a permanent leader for the first time since Jack Layton died in August.
Mr. Mulcair’s victory, which makes him the Leader of the Official Opposition in Parliament, would have been routine but for several delays in online voting on Saturday caused by what the NDP first blamed on high volume and later said were the result of orchestrated cyber attacks.
Mr. Mulcair, the party’s Quebec lieutenant, took 57% of the vote on the fourth and final ballot. Long-time organizer Brian Topp, a senior advisor to Mr. Layton, had 42% support.[/quote]