There could very well be two provincial NDP leadership candidates from the Tri-Cities when party members pick their new leader sometime next year.
On Wednesday, New Westminster-Coquitlam NDP MP Fin Donnelly confirmed he is considering running for the party’s leadership.
“I am giving it serious consideration,” he told the Tri-Cities NOW, adding he’s still committed to his job as MP.
Donnelly said party members have asked him to consider running, and he’s taking those requests seriously.
But before making a final decision, Donnelly said there are many questions that need to be answered regarding the leadership race, including the rules and dates for the contest. He also said he wants to see who comes forward to challenge for the position.
“It makes quite a difference if certain people are out and certain people are actually running,” Donnelly said.
On Wednesday, NDP MLA John Horgan announced he won’t seek the party’s top job.
Last month, current NDP leader Adrian Dix announced he will step aside once a new leader is picked.
PoCo MLA Mike Farnworth recently told the Tri-Cities NOW he is seriously considering going for the leadership job.
Other names being considered are NDP MLAs Rob Fleming and David Eby, along with NDP MP Nathan Cullen.
Donnelly said he was surprised by Horgan’s decision, adding it increases his own chance of putting his name forward.
When asked what interests him about leading the NDP provincially, Donnelly said he has always had a vision of developing sustainable communities, work he suggested he could do in B.C. if he were to be elected leader and eventually premier.
He also suggested the party needs a strong message on the economy, along with the environment.
The NDP has a convention planned for November, but a leader isn’t expected to be crowned until sometime next year.
Donnelly said he wants to wait until the convention, but indicated he could make his decision before the end of the year.
He was first elected MP in a byelection in 2009 after sitting on Coquitlam city council previously.
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