Newspaper article The Canadian Press

NDP Welcomes New Candidate in Quebec Who Is 'Not That Much' of a Sovereigntist

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

NDP Welcomes New Candidate in Quebec Who Is 'Not That Much' of a Sovereigntist

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New NDP candidate 'not that much' a sovereigntist

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MONTREAL - The NDP welcomed a candidate Wednesday who says she is "not that much" of a sovereigntist as it continued a push launched this week to rebuild in Quebec ahead of the federal election.

Nima Machouf, a member of the sovereigntist Quebec solidaire provincial party, acknowledged that the NDP has a steep climb ahead of it to recapture the success it enjoyed under the late Jack Layton in 2011.

"We have some difficulties actually in Quebec," Machouf said. "We are not like 10 years ago, when we had a big orange wave, but we have to create again this wave."

Alexandre Boulerice, the Montreal MP named deputy to leader Jagmeet Singh Monday, presented Machouf as the candidate for the downtown riding of Laurier--Sainte-Marie in the election expected in October. …

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