Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Martha Hall Findlay bows out of the Liberal leadership race

The National Post reports that MP Martha Hall Findlay will not run in the upcoming Liberal leadership race to replace Stéphane Dion, because of difficulties raising money and being behind other candidates in hall findlay organizing a leadership campaign.

Apparently Ms. Hall Findlay is still about $170,000 in debt from the 2006 leadership race.

With Ms. Hall Findlay’s withdrawal, this leaves MP Ruby Dhalla as the only woman who has said that she is considering entering the race. Male MPs Dominic Leblanc, Bob Rae and Michael Ignatieff have already been organizing their campaigns.

The Liberal Party of Canada has never had a female leader. In fact, only one woman has ever been a serious contender. In the 1990 Liberal leadership race to replace John Turner, Ms. Sheila Copps finished a strong third, behind Jean Chrétien and Paul Martin. In 2006 Ms. Hall Findlay was eliminated after the first ballot, and threw her support behind the eventual winner, Stéphane Dion.

1 comment:

  1. Sheila Copps was never considered a serious candidate in the 1990 Liberal leadership race.

    Everyone knew it was going to be Chretien or Martin. She stayed in for the sake of having a woman in the race -- something that Martha Hall Findlay has wisely chosen not to do.

    Not because there shouldn't be a woman in the race (there should be), but due to her previous debt and the debt she would run up running for a second time.