PARKDALE-HIGH PARK MPP CHERI DINOVO TO RUN FOR FEDERAL NDP LEADER

Jun 07, 2016

By Jane Brown

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A veteran member of the Ontario legislature is set to become the first official candidate to replace Tom Mulcair as leader of the federal New Democratic Party.

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Cheri DiNovo told The Canadian Press last night that she will declare her candidacy in her Toronto riding of Parkdale-High Park this morning.

A United Church minister, DiNovo was first elected in a 2006 byelection.

She is a champion of social justice issues and successfully campaigned to amend the Ontario Human Rights Code to include gender identity and expression, and introduced a bill to give same sex couples the same parental rights as male-female couples.

Tom Mulcair announced his resignation last month after 52 per cent of delegates at a party convention in Edmonton voted for a leadership review.

Voting to select the new NDP leader will take place in the fall of 2017.

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