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Burnaby mayor endorses Topp

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Burnaby Mayor Derek Corrigan
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Burnaby Mayor Derek Corrigan has publicly endorsed Brian Topp in the federal New Democrat leadership race.

The announcement came following the final NDP leadership debate Sunday in Vancouver.

“I have met with all the candidates, looked closely at their proposals, and watched this debate unfold very closely,” said Corrigan in a press release Monday. “I have determined that Brian Topp is the best candidate to lead the NDP, defeat Stephen Harper, and elect a new national NDP government.”

In supporting Topp, the party's former president, Corrigan joins wife Kathy Corrigan, NDP MLA for Burnaby-Deer Lake, who had endorsed him a few months earlier. The party has been in a leadership race since September, after the death of former leader Jack Layton last summer.

“In my view, Brian has demonstrated the right combination of skills and vision to win the election and lead an effective and progressive government,” said Derek Corrigan.

“Brian worked at the heart of a successful NDP government. He is fluently bilingual.  And he knows what he stands for," he said. "Brian understands that to win, New Democrats must put forward a bold agenda and deliver on it one practical step at a time. That’s how you lead a vibrant and growing city like Burnaby. And that’s how New Democrats can lead the country.”

Topp said he was "deeply honoured" to have the Burnaby mayor's support.

“He is the kind of leader that is showing the way for New Democrats who want to govern for a purpose—a better community for all our citizens. His endorsement is a huge boost to my campaign.”

Topp is up against several vying to replace Layton, including Quebec MP Thomas Mulcair, Toronto MP Peggy Nash, and B.C. MP Nathan Cullen. The party will choose its new leader at a convention in Toronto on March 23 and 24.

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