MP Stewart declines run a B.C. NDP leadership

Burnaby-Douglas MP Kennedy Stewart -
Burnaby-Douglas MP Kennedy Stewart
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Burnaby-Douglas MP Kennedy Stewart has joined the long list of potential candidates declining to run for the leadership of the provincial New Democratic Party.

A media report said Stewart, a former political science professor at Simon Fraser University, decided against seeking to replace B.C. NDP leader Adrian Dix who resigned in September after the party failed to win the last provincial election in May 2013 when it was heavily favoured.

Stewart said his decision was based on talking to party activists who weren't keen on having someone outside of the provincial party taking over.

Stewart is in his first term as MP and has led a charge against Kinder Morgan's bid to twin its Trans Mountain Pipeline that has its terminus in his riding. He was also successful in being an opposition member to pull off a rare parliamentary feat by getting a pro-direct democracy motion passed.

Other B.C. MPs considered possibilities for the leadership that have already bowed out of the race include Burnaby-New Westminster MP Peter Julian, New Westminster-Coquitlam and Port Moody MP Fin Donnelly, and Skeena-Bulkley Valley MP Nathan Cullen, who ran for the national NDP leadership losing out to Thomas Mulcair.

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