New Westminster MP Peter Julian is expected to launch his bid for the leadership of the federal NDP this afternoon.
The announcement will make Julian the first MP to throw his hat in the ring, after the party ousted sitting leader Tom Mulcair in a leadership review last spring.
That move came on the heels of the party’s collapse in the 2015 election, after beginning the campaign in first place.
Julian, who sits as MP for the riding of New Westminster-Burnaby, stepped down from his position as NDP House Leader in October to “explore the idea” of a leadership bid.
He was first elected to the House of Commons in 2004 and has been re-elected four times.
He is expected to make the announcement at 2 p.m. at the Columbia Theatre in New Westminster.
No other potential candidates for leader have stepped forward yet.