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The NDP's renewal
Adrian Dix's recent announcement that he is stepping down as the leader of B.C.'s New Democrats could have a ripple effect locally as potential candidates consider throwing their hats into the ring.
Burnaby-New Westminster NDP MP Peter Julian is so far perhaps the most prominent name to say he's considering vying for the job.
He's received awards as a businessperson. He's had experience as a blue-collar labourer. He's developed ties amongst the myriad of cultural groups in his riding, home to 100 languages.
And he's proven his mettle in Parliament, whether it's holding the Conservatives' feet to the fire or conducting a 13-hour filibuster over two-and-a-half days while serving as the Opposition finance critic during last year's budget debate.
If he decides to run, Julian would be entering a field that unofficially includes MLAs Mike Farnworth and John Horgan, both runners-up from the last leadership contest, and potentially even Burnaby Mayor Derek Corrigan, a lawyer with a definite gift of the gab.
The Globe and Mail included Corrigan on its recent list of potential candidates for the job, noting he has experience running a municipality deemed the best-run city in Canada and calling him "blunt and forthright."
Whoever enters the race, the leadership contest will be a relief to many after months of uncertainty following Dix's disaster of an election last spring where he managed what seemed inconceivable only months earlier—blowing a 20-point lead in the polls to lose an election that appeared his for the taking.
A new leader will give the party a sense of renewal and the party faithful a reason to look forward to 2017.