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OTTAWA -- It could be another father-daughter political affair for the NDP in Manitoba.
Rebecca Blaikie, a community organizer in the North End of Winnipeg and the daughter of provincial cabinet minister Bill Blaikie, will announce today she plans to run for the federal NDP in Winnipeg North.
"I ran once before, but this time I'm running to win," said Blaikie.
In 2004 she put her name on the ballot against prime minister Paul Martin in the Quebec riding of LaSalle-Émard.
Blaikie has filed her nomination papers with the party and has the blessing of Kevin Chief, the candidate who lost the byelection in Winnipeg North to Liberal Kevin Lamoureux last fall.
Blaikie was the director of the NDP's Quebec wing and returned to Manitoba in 2008 to work as an aide to provincial cabinet ministers. She is currently the co-director of the Community Education Development Association.
Bill Blaikie was the NDP MP for Elmwood-Transcona from 1979 until 2008. He was elected to the provincial legislature in 2009 and was appointed to cabinet a few months later.
Rebecca Blaikie says she knows Lamoureux will be a formidable opponent. He wrestled Winnipeg North from the NDP after it had been in the hands of Judy Wasylycia-Leis for nearly 13 years.
Lamoureux won by just over 800 votes last November, but fewer than one-third of registered voters went to the polls.
A federal election could occur as early as this spring and has to happen no later than October 2012.
Chief is widely expected to throw his hat into the provincial ring in the riding of Point Douglas.
Longtime Point Douglas NDP MLA and legislature Speaker George Hickes announced last week he will not seek re-election in the provincial campaign next fall.