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MP Julian considers run for BC NDP leadership
Now that Adrian Dix has announced he's stepping down as leader of the BC NDP, Burnaby-New Westminster MP Peter Julian is considering a run for the leadership of the party.
Julian, a federal New Democrat, said he really admired Dix but wasn't surprised by his announcement last week. Since then, he's started receiving more calls asking him to consider a leadership bid.
He said he'd been approached earlier but wasn't willing to consider it while Dix remained leader.
"People both in caucus and outside of caucus have approached me to run," Julian confirmed.
Those that have contacted him have cited Julian's business experience before entering politics, his blue-collar background, having worked as a labourer before returning to university, and his strong links with the diverse community in Burnaby, including the South Asian, Chinese, Taiwanese and African communities.
There's also his parliamentary experience and the economic critics portfolios he's held as and MP.
"I'm certainly honoured and will take what they say with a lot of consideration," Julian said. "It would be a difficult decision because we're working hard to win government federally in 2015. But I'm going to take the time to reflect on what people are telling me."
The BC NDP also has numerous other possible contenders including several locally, he said, citing Burnaby Mayor Derek Corrigan and MLAs Kathy Corrigan (Burnaby-Deer Lake), Raj Chouhan (Burnaby-Edmonds) and Judy Darcy (New Westminster).
"There are a lot of people that are potential candidates so I'm certainly aware that we don't lack for talent. I'm honoured people are approaching me and asking me to consider it. So I'll take that time."
Julian could not offer a timeframe for his decision, saying, "It's still very early days. And I think within the party there's going to be a very healthy conversation and discussions over the next few months and I think this is important we need to do a lot of soul-searching following what happened in May."
As for Mayor Derek Corrigan, the Globe and Mail included him on a list of potential contenders for the job, saying, "He has current experience running something – a city Maclean’s magazine has deemed a model for the country for its lean, debt-free status that allows for great public services. Blunt and forthright, so could take the fight to the Liberals in the years ahead."
Corrigan could not be reached for comment before the NewsLeader's deadline.