Belle-weather?

Last month, the provincial New Democrats announced Jenn McGinn would be the party's Vancouver-Fairview by-election candidate - running to hold the riding Gregor Robertson won in 2001. Ms. McGinn won that candidacy by acclamation - being the only hopeful to have submitted her papers by the August 15 nomination deadline. Of course, as reported by 24 hours' Alex Tsakumis, outgoing Non-Partisan Association school trustee Eleanor Gregory was also approached to run for the New Democrats. And Canadian Union of Public Employees Local 15 president Paul Faoro may have considered running, were it not for the party's controversial affirmative action policy. Which has some wondering whether this policy, coupled with the New Democrat's spotty reputation, could mean candidate recruitment problems for the party in advance of the next election.

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