Julian won't seek BC NDP leadership

Burnaby-New Westminster MP Peter Julian announces he won
Burnaby-New Westminster MP Peter Julian announces he won't be a candidate for the leadership of the BC NDP at a press conference at his constiuency office on Thursday.

Peter Julian won't be trading long flights to Ottawa for ferry rides to Victoria.

The member of parliament for Burnaby-New Westminster announced Thursday he won't be running for the leadership of the BC NDP.

The top job in the provincial opposition was vacated when Adrian Dix announced in September that he'll be stepping down after he was unable to turn his party's apparent advantage in public opinion polls into a victory in last May's election.

Julian said he consulted with federal and provincial colleagues as well as his constituents before reaching a decision with his wife on Tuesday night.

It wasn't easy, he said, as the feedback he got was equally divided about whether or not he should put his name forward as a candidate. Ultimately it came down to where he can have the most impact fighting to improve the lot of "working families.

"The reality is we all want to go where we can provide the greater good," said Julian.

When asked whether he'd be throwing his support behind any of the candidates who've expressed interest in the leadership job but haven't yet announced their intentions, Julian said he's leaving that door open.

"I think there's going to be a vibrant BC NDP leadership campaign with lots of exciting candidates," said Julian, who was first elected as an MP in 2004. "It's going to be an exciting time for renewal for the BC NDP."

The party will choose its new leader at a convention sometime in 2014.


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