Rafferty backing Mulcair


Thunder Bay-Rainy River MP John Rafferty has thrown his support behind Outremont MP Thomas Mulcair for the NDP leadership.
Mulcair announced yesterday morning that he would be seeking the job left vacant following Jack Layton’s death from cancer in August.
Rafferty was among four Ontario MPs who showed their support for Mulcair, along with Matthew Kellway (Beaches-East York), Wayne Marston (Hamilton East-Stoney Creek), and Dan Harris (Scarborough Southwest).
Mulcair also has the support of 29 Quebec MPs—many of who were newly-elected to the NDP caucus on May 2.
Mulcair is facing off against NDP party president Brian Topp, who already had announced his candidacy and is considered the front-runner, garnering the support of the likes of former leader Ed Broadbent, long-time former Saskatchewan premier Roy Romanow, NDP deputy leader Libby Davies, and most recently the United Steelworkers.
Romeo Saganash, Paul Dewar, Nathan Cullen, and Martin Singh also are running for the leadership, with the vote to be held in March.