Jim Carr, who recently resigned from the Manitoba Business Council, will seek the Liberal nomination in the federal riding of Winnipeg South Centre, he said Thursday.
Carr, also a former Liberal MLA and Winnipeg Free Press editor, said he hopes to get the nod to run against Conservative Joyce Bateman in the next federal election scheduled for Oct. 19, 2015.
"We've got to return the country to rational, respectful, important conversations about a whole pile of issues and that's what I hope to do right here at home," the 62-year-old Carr said.
Carr said a big reason he's seeking public office again is that the popularity of Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau has reinvigorated political discussion in Canada, particularly among young people.
"Too many young people have been disengaged. They see in Justin Trudeau an invitation to be involved and Justin Trudeau's ears are wide-open to what this younger generation is saying."
A date for the nomination meeting has not been set.
Also in the running are Karen Taraska-Alcock, a marketing and human resources consultant and widow of local Liberal MP Reg Alcock, and Maurice Alexander, a provincial policy analyst who has already put his hat in the ring for the Liberal nomination.