Constitutional lawyer Julius Grey is pondering a step into federal politics, most likely as a candidate for the New Democratic Party.
"I haven't made up my mind; I'm weighing the pros and cons," Grey said yesterday in a telephone interview from his home.
On the heels of Thomas Mulcair's decisive victory for the NDP in a federal by-election in Outremont on Sept. 17, there has been a flurry of interest in signing up other well-known candidates to run in Quebec.
"I have been approached and I have been talking with friends," Grey said
I've heard talk that the NDP will focus on a few key ridings, in an effort to pickup a seat here and there. That is a shrewd stategy, because if the NDP can elect more than one MP in Quebec, it is easy to see how you can build from there, for the future. I don't know of Grey, but by all accounts a very impressive person, which would amount to quite a coup for the NDP. If Grey does run, it would also provide an interesting contrast to the Liberal "star" candidates who have taken a pass, another indicator of momentum.
There is no question in my mind that Layton and Muclair are playing for keeps, partisanship aside you have to give them their due for tenacity and focus. How it all plays out remains to be seen, but the NDP has already punched through the first obstacle, and given the phase two push, people would be foolish to dismiss any future prospects.