Fry enters Liberal leadership race

Liberal MP Hedy Fry has decided to enter the Liberal leadership fray and run to replace Paul Martin as head of the party, the third woman to join the race.

Liberal MP Hedy Fry has decided to enter the leadershiprace to replace Paul Martin as head of the federal party.

"This great Liberal party is in need of renewal," the Vancouver MP said Thursday as she announced her candidacy.

She is the third woman and the 11th candidateto join the race.

Fry, who was elected in 1993, joins MP Carolyn Bennett and Toronto lawyer Martha Hall Findlayas the other two women who have so far launched a leadership bid.

"I never undertake a challenge unless I expect to win," said Fry, a physician and a former president of the B.C. Medical Association.

Fryhas held onto her Vancouver Centre riding since unseating then Tory prime minister Kim Campbell.

Shehasserved as secretary of state for multiculturalism, but gained notoriety when she declared in the House of Commons in 2001 that cross burnings were taking place in Prince George, B.C.

"We can just go to British Columbia, in Prince George, where crosses are being burned on lawns as we speak," she said then.

She later apologized for the remarksamid opposition calls for her resignation. Fry said she had been given incorrect information.

The following year she was dropped from cabinet during a shuffle.

When asked about that incident at her announcement on Thursday, she said she named the wrong town, and that she learned a tremendous amount from the experience. She also said that most people know there is more to her than that single issue.

The Liberal leadership convention will be held in Montreal in early December.

Others who might enter the race include former cabinet minister John McCallum, former deputy prime minister Anne McLellan, and Ontario MP Ruby Dhalla.