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NDP nominates UVic professor Murray Rankin

Oct 16 2012

University of Victoria professor Murray Rankin easily won the nomination Sunday to represent the NDP in a federal byelection in Victoria.

Prime Minister Stephen Harper has yet to call a byelection for the Victoria riding, which opened up when NDP MP Denise Savoie retired in August.

Rankin beat out three other hopefuls on the first ballot, with support from 352 of 557 eligible voters at the nomination meeting at UVic. Rankin was up against former provincial finance and health minister Elizabeth Cull, former Victoria school board trustee Charley Beresford and first-term Victoria councillor Ben Isitt.

The Liberal party selected economist Paul Summerville as its candidate Saturday. The Green party will go with UVic law professor Donald Galloway, an advocate of refugee and immigrant rights.

The Conservative nomination meeting is set for Saturday, with former Nova Scotia MLA Patrick Hunt expected to run.