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 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.