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Olivia Chow politely brushes aside questions. Gary Doer’s friends and associates say he likely won’t seek the NDP leadership. Brian Topp acknowledges he is considering a run. The race is now on.

“The leadership race effectively begins Monday morning, I would say,” Mr. Martin said. “It won’t be a divisive race, it will be a uniting experience and respectful experience,” Mr. Martin said. “That’s the tone Jack has set; he’s raised the bar for civility in political discourse in this country, and the first demonstration is going to be a very interesting but respectful leadership race.”

Greg Fingas reviews some of the potential contenders.