A British Columbia MP wants to “explore the idea” of running for the leadership of the federal NDP party.
New Westminster-Burnaby MP Peter Julian is stepping down as NDP house leader to consider running for the leadership of the NDP opposition party.
“We are going to have a conversation that will take place over the next year and will leave us strengthened and that is good for Canadians. A strong NDP as a national party means that Canadians will have a choice between the two old parties and the NDP and that just enhances our democracy,” says Julian.
Victoria NDP MP Murray Rankin will take over as House Leader.
A replacement for outgoing leader Tom Mulcair will be named as early as October 1, 2017.
Julian was first elected to the House of Commons in 2004 and has been re-elected four times.
There are no official candidates in the NDP leadership race yet.
Canada’s other opposition party, the Conservatives, are also in the heat of a leadership campaign to replace Stephen Harper.
— Peter Julian (@MPJulian) October 19, 2016