‘It was just symbolic’

NDP MP Ruth Ellen Brosseau gives her first interview.

Initially, she said, she put her name on the ballot as a favour to the party she has long-supported. “It was just symbolic,” she said. “I was approached to put my name on a ballot but I was a supporter of the NDP for many years.”

Watching Monday’s results at the NDP headquarters in Ottawa, Brosseau said she was surprised to see she had handily beat the Bloc incumbent. There was some speculation when Brosseau failed to surface this week that she didn’t want the job, but she said that “never crossed my mind.” “Once I set my mind to something I always stick to it,” she said.

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