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Report: Justin Trudeau wants Gregor Robertson to run for federal Liberals
Vancouver mayor Gregor Robertson has been recruited to run for the federal Liberal Party by leader Justin Trudeau, according to City Hall.
Sources say Trudeau pitched Robertson the idea of running for national politics for 2015, and last met with the mayor in June, 2013. The story was reported by Michael Smyth of the Vancouver Province on Thursday morning (Aug. 29).
"The political courting makes sense when you consider Vancouver will get an extra riding in the election and the redrawn boundaries are not favourable to the Liberals," wrote Smyth.
"Trudeau could use Robertson's profile and popularity to maintain the Liberals' presence in the city... Robertson and Trudeau are on the same page on marijuana legalization and other issues."
However, it's believed Robertson will instead run for a third term as mayor in 2014, and he's stated his focus currently rests at the local level.
"I can't imagine that happening right now," Robertson told the Georgia Straight in July, when asked about his possible run for the federal Liberals. "As I've said, I'm looking at running for a third term as mayor.
"I'm focused on being the mayor of Vancouver."