SURREY — Surrey's New Democrat MLAs aren't exactly jostling to snatch the reins of their provincial political party
Asked if she's interested in running for the top job, Surrey-Green Timbers MLA Sue Hammell replied, "Absolutely not."
Bruce Ralston, MLA for Surrey-Whalley, was equally blunt. "No," was his answer.
Meantime, Surrey-Newton MLA Harry Bains is mulling over the possibilities while Jinny Sims, MP for Newton-North Delta, remains non-committal.
Last week, the Victoria Times Colonist quoted Sims as saying she's "giving it serious consideration," but on Monday she told the Now that while she's "been approached" to run for leader of the BC NDP, "right now I'm enjoying being an MP.
"At this time my focus is on federal politics," Sims said. "We'll wait and see what time brings."
Bains said the idea of running for the leadership "has crossed my mind."
"I have been talked to, pushed and continue to get pushed to consider running," he said. "I have not made up my mind. It's a bit early for me. I want to see who is out there."
No date has been set for a leadership convention but Bains suspects it will take place in late Spring.
"It does take some time to plan," he said.
Bains opined that Sims "would be a great candidate."
Hammell noted that nobody has yet declared their intention to run for the job. "No one has declared but certainly a lot of people are putting their toe in and seeing if they have the stuff to draw people to their table," she said.
Sims is so far the only woman whose name is being tossed about.
"I think Jinny is a fabulous person," Hammell said. "She would be very good."
Asked who he'd like to see lead the NDP, Ralston replied it's "too early, really. No one has declared."
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