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PostPosted: Sat Mar 26, 2011 9:09 am    Post subject: Veteran Lib MP Derek Lee will not run in federal election Reply with quote

( just saw this Liberal mp derek lee will not run again although his seat of Scarborough rouge river is not likely to be in play )

.Veteran Liberal MP Lee will not run in federal election
Toronto's electoral map has not changed much in almost two decades

Veteran Liberal MP Lee will not run in federal election. Scarborough-Rouge River Liberal MP Derek Lee gets a big hug from campaign manager Mano Kanagamany as they celebrate his win in the 2004 federal election. Lee who was first elected to represent the riding in 1988 announced on Friday, March 25, that he will not be running in the federal election which will take place in early May. The news came out shortly after Prime Minister Stephen Harper's minority Conservative government was defeated in a non-confidence vote on Friday. File photo/TORONTO COMMUNITY NEW Here is a list of the incumbent federal candidates in Toronto.

Here we go again.
For the fourth time in seven years, federal parties have decided Canadians must go to the polls - and that includes voters in Toronto, where the electoral map hasn't changed much since the Liberals swept to a majority in 1993.

Stephen Harper, whose second consecutive Conservative minority government was defeated in a non-confidence motion in the afternoon of Friday, March 25, will see whether his party can pick up a seat in the city for the first time since then.

There is guaranteed to be at least one fresh face among Toronto MPs after this federal election day, likely to be May 2 or May 9.

Scarborough-Rouge River MP Derek Lee announced his retirement yesterday, saying it was "time to press the refresh button" for a riding that's been good to him over his 23 consecutive years in office.

The veteran Liberal said he came to his decision last week, for "personal, political and other" reasons, including his desire to resume a career "as a Scarborough guy in law and business" and to write a book about the roots of Canadian multiculturalism.

Lee said he would meet riding officials almost immediately to arrange for a replacement candidate, "a very good one who knows the riding," to be declared, perhaps on Saturday.

The rest of Toronto's other 22 federal incumbents are not known to be retiring. It was not clear by deadline if Conservatives, New Democrats and Greens are nominated in all city ridings to oppose them.

The government fell March 25 after Liberal leader Michael Ignatieff succeeded in passing a motion of no-confidence, 156 to 145, in the House of Commons with full support from Toronto's Liberal MPs, the Bloc Quebecois and Toronto-Danforth MP and federal leader Jack Layton's New Democrats.

Harper adjourned the House and issued a statement saying Ignatieff and his opposition partners "are irresponsibly and recklessly putting at risk Canadians' jobs, our economy and stable government" by forcing the country into an unwanted election.

In an interview before the vote, however, St. Paul's MP Carolyn Bennett said it is the prime minister and Finance Minister Jim Flaherty "who have refused to listen and negotiate" with the opposition.

"I think the game-changer came in terms of a lack of trust and transparency," said the Liberal MP, arguing Harper "came into power on a platform of transparency and accountability and he's taken the government entirely the other way. He's done the opposite of what he promised."

Lee added the House under Harper "was quite an unhappy place" and "just wasn't working."

After more than five years of Conservative rule, the opposition parties - outside of Toronto, anyway - would seem to be starting at a disadvantage. One poll this week had the Conservatives at 43 per cent nation-wide, and the Liberals at 24.

But on Friday, Norm Kelly, an MP before becoming a city councillor for Scarborough-Agincourt, cautioned no one should take the results as a given before an election is fought.

"Things can happen, and often do," Kelly said Friday. "The people are supreme, and they have every right to change their minds,"

The 2008 federal vote saw no change between parties in the city other than an NDP loss of the riding of Parkdale-High Park to the Liberals when Peggy Nash was defeated by Gerard Kennedy. Nash is running against Kennedy again.

Joe Oliver, a Conservative who lost by less than 2,500 votes in 2008 to Eglinton-Lawrence MP Joe Volpe, is challenging the Liberal incumbent again.

- with files from Justin Skinner

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Veteran Lib MP Derek Lee will not run in federal election

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