NDP picks law prof Craig Scott for Layton's
living in the riding of Toronto-Danforth have chosen law professor Craig
Scott to replace the late Jack Layton.
out two other nominees Monday evening to represent the party in an
upcoming byelection in the riding. The date for the byelection has yet to
professor specializing in human rights, Scott received a number of
high-profile endorsements, including from Layton's political mentor,
Charles Taylor, and former Ontario NDP president Janet Solberg.
out Claire Prashaw, a teacher who worked in Layton's constituency office,
and Justin Duncan, an environmentalist and lawyer, to secure the party's
nomination on the first ballot. He took more than half of the over 480
ballots that were cast.
head's spinning, I have to say," Scott said shortly after the results
were announced. "I wasn't fully prepared for the first ballot because
Claire Prashaw, in particular, had run an amazing campaign."
Minister Stephen Harper has until Feb. 22 to announce the date of the
the Toronto-Danforth riding for more than seven years prior to his death
is located east of downtown Toronto and represents a diverse section of
the city. Affluent enclaves are located alongside co-operatives and social
housing. The area also includes large Chinese, Greek and South Asian
communities, whose support will be key for the NDP to hang on to the seat.
from CBC’s Jasmin Seputis and The Canadian Press