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Ralph Goodale rules out run for Liberal leadership

Former federal finance minister Ralph Goodale has ruled out a run for the top job in the Liberal party.

Former federal finance minister Ralph Goodale has ruled out a run for the top job in the Liberal party.

In a letter Friday to Liberal supporters, Goodale said he's received a lot of encouragement and he thinks he could mount an excellent campaign.

However, he said he's concerned about the "unrelenting demands" of the job and his French language skills.

The Saskatchewan member of Parliament currently serves as the Opposition House leader.

After Paul Martin announced in January he would be stepping down, Goodale initially ruled out a run for the leadership. He changed his mind after several high-profile Liberals, including former New Brunswick premier Frank McKenna and former Newfoundland and Labrador premier Brian Tobin, said they wouldn't run.

Goodale's announcement comes the same day Ontario MP Joe Volpe announced his candidacy.

There are now five declared candidates. Several more, including Liberal MPs Caroline Bennett and Scott Brison, who used to be a Tory, and former Ontario NDP premier Bob Rae, are expected to join the race within the week.