Newspaper article The Canadian Press

B.C. MP Peter Julian Quits as NDP House Leader to Explore Leadership Bid

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

B.C. MP Peter Julian Quits as NDP House Leader to Explore Leadership Bid

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MP Peter Julian explores bid for NDP leadership

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OTTAWA - British Columbia MP Peter Julian is stepping down as NDP House leader to explore the idea of running for the leadership of his party.

"That will mean lots of conversations -- hundreds of conversations -- in the coming period," Julian said Wednesday

"I'm inspired by New Democrats, I'm inspired by Canadians, and I'm looking forward to those conversations," said Julian, who represents the riding of New Westminster-Burnaby.

Murray Rankin, another B.C. New Democrat, will take over as House leader.

Julian, 54, was first elected to the House of Commons in 2004 and has been re-elected four times.

So far, there are no official candidates to replace NDP Leader Tom Mulcair.

Mulcair said he would step down next year after delegates at the party's April convention in Edmonton voted against his leadership. …

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