As expected, Dominic LeBlanc has dropped out of the leadership race to support Michael Ignatieff. As I've mentioned before I really like Dominic, I seriously considered supporting him in this race. I'm sorry more Liberals won't get to know him through a full-length leadership process, but I hope he continues to make his voice and views heard. Our party needs him.
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Source: The Canadian Press - Broadcast wire
Dec 8, 2008 15:14
OTTAWA - New Brunswick MP Dominic LeBlanc is abandoning the Liberal leadership race and formally throwing his support to Michael Ignatieff.
His withdrawal follows Stephane Dion's announcement today that he's ready to step down as soon as a replacement can be chosen, perhaps as soon as Wednesday.
The party wants a new leader in place before the House of Commons returns at the end of January for a federal budget and a critical confidence vote.
LeBlanc, 40, said he had been looking forward to the leadership campaign and renewing the party.
But, he added, it's important to find a permanent leader quickly.
Ignatieff, he said, is the consensus choice of Liberals and the best person to lead the party and the country.