MP Peter Julian quits as NDP House leader to explore leadership bid


OTTAWA — British Columbia MP Peter Julian says he is stepping down as NDP House leader to explore the idea of running for his party”s leadership.

Julian, who represents the riding of New Westminster—Burnaby, says he plans to discuss his potential bid with people across the country.

Murray Rankin, another B.C. New Democrat, will take over as House leader.

Julian, 54, was first elected to the House of Commons in 2004 and has been re-elected four times.

So far, there are no official candidates to replace NDP Leader Tom Mulcair, who indicated he would step down next year after losing a leadership review in the wake of 2015″s poor election showing.

The party is to select Mulcair”s replacement in October 2017.