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Jim Maloway wants to go back to Ottawa.

The Elmwood NDP MLA is one of three candidates vying for the New Democrat nomination for the federal riding of Elmwood-Transcona. The nomination meeting is June 23 at the Club Regent Casino Hotel.

"I’ve been down this road before," Maloway said Tuesday. "There’s a lot of undone things."

Electrician Daniel Blaikie, who is the son of longtime NDP MP Bill Blaikie, and lawyer Chad Panting are also running.

Maloway was elected to the House of Commons in 2008 after serving as an MLA since 1986. He lost the seat in the 2011 federal election to Conservative candidate Lawrence Toet by 300 votes. He then ran in the October 2011 provincial election in his former provincial riding of Elmwood, winning re-election to the legislature.

Maloway said he believes the time is ripe for him to return to Ottawa should he win the nomination. He added he’s sold 1,041 memberships leading up to the meeting.

He said people tell him they’re worried about the Conservative government’s plan to raise the Old Age Security age of eligibility to 67 from 65 in 2023.

"The NDP has said they’ll roll that back to 65 and the Liberals would probably co-operate on that, too," he said.

Maloway added voters in the riding are also upset at Canada Post’s plan to phase out door-to-door home delivery within five years.

"Even Conservative voters don’t like that," he said.

Maloway said he believes Prime Minister Stephen Harper will call the next federal election next spring after the government introduces its budget, before the scheduled election date of Oct. 19, 2015.

During his brief stint in Ottawa, Maloway introduced a private member’s bill, the Airline Passenger’s Bill of Rights, which would require airlines to pay passengers for the inconvenience of lost luggage and overbooked flights, but it did not pass.

bruce.owen@freepress.mb.ca

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