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Nova Scotia Liberal leadership race gets second candidate ahead of Friday deadline

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By Staff The Canadian Press

Posted October 5, 2020 2:22 pm

The race to replace outgoing Nova Scotia Premier Stephen McNeil as provincial Liberal leader and premier is now a contest.

Iain Rankin has become the second candidate to declare his intention to run for the leadership.

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Rankin, who represents the Halifax area riding of Timberlea-Prospect, officially kicked off his campaign today.

He joins Labi Kousoulis, who resigned as minister of labour and advanced education when he entered the leadership race last Wednesday.

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Rankin, who served in McNeil’s cabinet as minister of environment and minister of lands and forestry, was first elected to the legislature in 2013 and was re-elected in 2017.

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Candidates have until Friday to enter the race, with a new leader set to be chosen Feb. 6.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Oct. 5, 2020.

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