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Alberta labour boss casts eye on possible run for provincial NDP leadership

EDMONTON — The president of the Alberta Federation of Labour says he’s considering running for the leadership of the province’s New Democrats.

Gil McGowan says there are several people in the labour movement that he must consult before making a decision.

McGowan says he will have to make up his mind soon in order to have time to campaign over the summer prior to the leadership vote scheduled for mid-October.

The AFL executive says if he decides to enter the race to succeed Brian Mason as NDP leader, it will be tough to leave a post in which he believes he’s making a difference in Alberta’s labour scene.

McGowan also says for the record, being leader of the NDP would pay more than his current job.

Edmonton NDP MLA David Eggen has said he will run, while Rachel Notley, another Edmonton New Democrat MLA, is expected to make a decision on a leadership bid in the next few weeks.

 
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