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November 26, 2005

Edmonton Journal: 26 Nov. 2005: Tories backtrack on candidate after leak

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Tories backtrack on candidate after leak

The Edmonton Journal
151 words
26 November 2005
Edmonton Journal
Final
A6
English

TORONTO – Political commentator Rachel Marsden was asked to run as a Conservative against NDP Leader Jack Layton in the federal election, but the party backed off Friday after word leaked out.

Georganne Burke, a regional organizer for the federal Conservative party, approached Marsden Thursday about running in Toronto Danforth against Deborah Coyne and Jack Layton.

Coyne, a constitutional lawyer who helped defeat the Meech Lake accord, is running for the Liberals. She is also the mother of Pierre Trudeau’s daughter, Sarah. The Toronto-Danforth race is expected to be one of the most closely watched in the country.

But Burke’s position quickly changed after she consulted Conservative advisers and was contacted by the National Post. Marsden is “too high-profile” for the race, she said.

Burke said Marsden did not respond to her e-mail invitation.

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