Huh. This makes the contest in my riding interesting again:
OTTAWA (CP) -- Former federal NDP Leader Ed Broadbent, who staged a high-profile comeback last year, is announcing he won't run again in the next federal election.
Broadbent, 69, who was re-elected to the Commons in last June's federal vote, scheduled a news conference for mid-day in Ottawa to discuss his future.
His Liberal opponent last year was Richard Mahoney, perhaps the most Martin-loyal party hack
you could hope to ask for, even going so far as to cynically plug the Tory candidate, Mike Murphy
(such a non-entity, I actually had to look up his name) above Broadbent.
If any dirt can stick to Martin - and it probably still can
- his close personal friends aren't going to have an easy run, this time around. Still, it'll be a cold day in hell before Ottawa Centre is willing to vote much more than around 20%
Conservative (this is a riding that regularly sees both Marxist-Leninist and Communist Party candidates, after all), so I hope the NDP can nominate a decent replacement candidate quickly.
(Wow, it continues to be painful to have to wish good things for the NDP on a strategic political basis.)
UPDATE: Broadbent has the most believable family-related
reason for retirement from politics I've heard in a long time. Godspeed to both he and his wife.