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NDP members have picked law professor Craig Scott as a replacement of late Jack Layton. Scott crushed two other candidates Monday evening to lead the party in an impending by-election in the riding.
“There can’t be a new Jack, but whoever steps forward has to do justice to his memory,” said Craig Scott, Toronto-Danforth NDP candidate.
Scott outran Claire Prashaw, an educator who worked in Layton’s constituency office, and Justin Duncan, an environmentalist and lawyer. Over half of the 480 votes were casted in the favor of Scott.
“My head’s spinning, I have to say,” Scott said soon after the results were announced.
“I wasn’t fully prepared for the first ballot because Claire Prashaw, in particular, had run an amazing campaign.”
Layton held the Toronto-Danforth riding for over seven years before he died this August.
“There will be a byelection very soon and we will win it decisively for the name of and the memory of Jack Layton,” said Scott. “I will do my very very best to follow in his footsteps.”
Jack Layton’s widow, MP Olivia Chow also attended the east-end church off Gerrard St. E. near Broadview Ave. along with NDP leadership aspirants Peggy Nash and Paul Dewar.
“I know the future of Toronto-Danforth is in very good hands,” Chow said addressing the crowd of about 800, before the winner was announced.
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