In what may be a political first in the British Commonwealth, former governor general Edward Schreyer will announce his candidacy Thursday as a New Democrat Party candidate in Winnipeg.
CTV's Rosemary Thompson broke the story Tuesday on Mike Duffy Live.
"I'm told through different people in the NDP he's really mad about this current government and that's what spurred him on to get back into politics," Thompson said.
The 70-year-old Schreyer will be running for the riding of Selkirk/Interlake which is comprised of Winnipeg suburbs and the town of Selkirk. The NDP had another candidate on the books for the riding, Wayne James, but he told CTV he has decided to step aside in order to let Mr. Schreyer run.
Selkirk-Interlake has moved fairly solidly towards the right since the NDP's heyday in the 70's and 80's; James Bezan took it for the Tories by 8,200 votes last time out and Ed Schreyer's best days are long past him. He doesn't enjoy quite the same cross-party public profile and respect that Ed Broadbent did, so I don't see him making serious inroads into the Tory vote here.
But he might siphon off some soft Liberal votes and narrow the margin a bit.
Still waiting to hear from Heward Grafftey about a comeback, though.