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Media party? Journalists vying for Bob Rae’s Toronto Centre seat

August 7, 2013

By Andrea Janus

Author and journalist Chrystia Freeland will be vying for the Liberal nomination in Toronto Centre, the seat left vacated by Bob Rae. Freeland is pictured in this image from her website. Read more: http://www.ctvnews.ca/politics/media-party-journalists-vying-for-bob-rae-s-toronto-centre-seat-1.1401346#ixzz2bL7839uN

Author and journalist Chrystia Freeland will be vying for the Liberal nomination in Toronto Centre, the seat left vacated by Bob Rae. Freeland is pictured in this image from her website. 

The fight for Bob Rae’s old seat in Toronto Centre is shaping up to be a battle of high-profile journalists, with three so far announcing their intention to seek their party’s nomination to run in an upcoming byelection.

Rae, who served as interim Liberal leader until Justin Trudeau took over earlier this year, announced his decision to leave politics in June. His last official day as an MP was July 31.

The Liberals have attracted a star candidate in Chrystia Freeland, a reporter and author who has worked in Canada, abroad and, most recently, in New York. She has given up a top job at Thomson Reuters to move back to Canada and, as she said in a recent interview, “put my life on the line.”

While Freeland is considered Trudeau’s chosen candidate, he had previously maintained his commitment to open party nominations. Todd Ross, a long-time community activist and assistant to former Ontario Liberal health minister George Smitherman, will challenge Freeland for the nomination.

The NDP has also attracted two star candidates. Jennifer Hollett, best-known for her stint as a MuchMusic VJ, but who has also worked as a reporter and human rights activist, will seek the party’s nomination, as will Toronto Star columnist and author Linda McQuaig, who jumped into the race on Tuesday.

While by-elections generally garner fewer headlines or voters, a showdown of big-name candidates in a high-profile riding mean the race is likely to be one of the bigger political stories in the coming months. Read more in CTV News.

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