Montreal

Jim Hughes wins NDP nomination in NDG-Westmount

Jim Hughes has beat out five other candidates to win the hotly-contested NDP nomination race in the riding of NDG-Westmount.

Former head of of the Old Brewery Mission to face off against Liberal incumbent Marc Garneau

Jim Hughes has beat out five other candidates to win the hotly-contested NDP nomination race in the riding of NDG-Westmount. 1:46

Jim Hughes has beat out five other candidates to win the hotly-contested NDP nomination race in the riding of NDG-Westmount.

The former head of the Old Brewery Mission was elected on the first ballot at Sunday night's vote.

Hughes was the voters' pick in a much sought-after race. NDP candidates included city councillor Peter McQueen and former Montreal Gazette reporter Sue Montgomery.

Hughes is up against stiff competition for the Oct. 19 federal election.

NDG-Westmount is a newly created riding, which includes the former riding of Westmount-Ville-Marie, held by Liberal incumbent Marc Garneau.

Hughes was confident after his Sunday night win.   

"The riding ... has changed a lot. The west side of the riding is in NDP hands already, the east side of the riding — which Mr. Garneau won last time — he won by a razor thin margin," Hughes said.

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