St. Paul's New Democrats to nominate candidate Sept. 9

    Two declared candidates already in the race

    TORONTO, Aug. 11 /CNW/ - New Democrats will select their candidate for
the upcoming by-election in the Toronto riding of St. Paul's at a nomination
meeting on September 9th, the party's provincial secretary announced this
    "This by-election is an opportunity to send a message to the McGuinty
Liberals and send a strong representative to Queens Park," said Dennis Young.
    "Two strong and respected individuals have already come forward to seek
the NDP nomination and we look forward to a lively nomination process."
    The nomination meeting will be held on September 9th at 7:00 p.m. at St.
Matthew's Bracondale House, 707 St. Clair Ave. West. The meeting date will be
moved up if the by-election is called before then. Individuals interested in
seeking the candidacy must declare by September 2nd.

    The two declared candidates are:

    Julian Heller - A local public education activist and ratepayer
association leader, Heller has lived in the riding since 1983. He is a trial
lawyer and ran as the NDP candidate in St. Paul's in both the 2003 and 2007
provincial general elections. Heller has built a reputation as an outspoken
advocate for individuals, businesses and not-for-profit organizations.

    Stuart Parker - A leading voice on environmental, poverty and voting
reform issues for more than twenty years, Parker is a former director of Fair
Vote Canada and Fair Vote Ontario. He is also a former leader of British
Columbia's Green Party. Parker is currently a PhD candidate at the University
of Toronto and has lived in St. Paul's since 2004.

    St. Paul's has been vacant since former cabinet minister Michael Bryant
resigned in early June. The Premier must call the by-election by December 7th.

For further information:

For further information: Media Inquiries: Dennis Young, (416) 591-8637

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