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Canada’s Mulcair Says He May Run to Lead NDP Opposition Party

August 30, 2011

Aug. 30 (Bloomberg) -- Thomas Mulcair, deputy leader of Canada’s New Democratic Party, said he may run for the party’s top job, which became vacant after the death of Jack Layton.

Some party members have suggested he run for the leadership, Mulcair told reporters in Montreal in remarks broadcast on the RDI television network. He said he needs a few weeks to make a final decision.

Layton died Aug. 22 after leading the NDP to its best ever election result in May, which saw it become the largest opposition group in Parliament. In a letter written just before his death, Layton asked the party to name a new leader early next year.

--Editors: Paul Badertscher, Vince Golle

To contact the reporter on this story: Greg Quinn in Ottawa at gquinn1@bloomberg.net

To contact the editors responsible for this story: Chris Wellisz at cwellisz@bloomberg.net; David Scanlan at dscanlan@bloomberg.net


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