Politics

Broadcaster Marci Ien to run for the Liberals in Bill Morneau's old riding

The federal Liberals have named broadcaster Marci Ien as their candidate in the riding formerly held by Bill Morneau.

Co-host of CTV's The Social taking leave of absence to run in Toronto Centre

CTV's Marci Ien, left, Barb Higgins of CTV Calgary and Jayne Pritchard of A-Channel Barrie/Toronto speak with Prime Minister Stephen Harper in Ottawa on April 15, 2008. Ien will run for the Liberals in the riding formerly held by Bill Morneau. (Sean Kilpatrick/The Canadian Press)

The federal Liberals have named broadcaster Marci Ien as their candidate in the riding formerly held by Bill Morneau.

Morneau represented Toronto Centre for the Liberals during his time in the House of Commons, which came to an abrupt end in August when he suddenly resigned as finance minister and MP.

In a series of tweets Thursday, Ien said she had taken a leave from Bell Media to try to be the Liberal candidate in the riding when either a byelection or general election is called. By the end of the day, the party had declared her the party's standard-bearer. TD Bank Group executive Paul Saguil had previously declared his candidacy for the nomination.

The Liberals gave the same treatment to Ya'ara Saks in York Centre, left vacant by the resignation of MP Michael Leavitt at the beginning of September.

Ien wrote that she has had the privilege of connecting with Canadians as a broadcaster throughout her career, and now hopes to connect in a new way.

Canadians would best know Ien over her three decades as a broadcaster, including most recently as co-host of The Social, a daytime talk show on CTV.

Ien was also a co-host of the network's former morning talk show, Canada AM.

She was named a co-host in 2011 to replace Seamus O'Regan, who ran for the Liberals in 2015 and now sits in Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's cabinet as natural resources minister.

Annamie Paul, who is running for the leadership of the federal Green Party, says she's interested the Green nomination in Toronto Centre. In an email to CBC News Friday, Paul said she would ask the party for special dispensation to run despite the party's rule against leadership contestants running in by-elections.


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