Megan Leslie will carry the NDP colours in the upcoming federal election campaign in Halifax. The 30something Dalhousie legal aid community legal worker won the nod on the second ballot at a nominating meeting attended by more than 600 people tonight (Sept. 8) at the Dalhousie Student Union Building in south end Halifax.

Leslie defeated community development worker Alexis MacDonald—who had previously run for the party twice against Tory Peter MacKay in Central Nova—on the second ballot. The third candidate, Africville activist Irvine Carvery, got the fewest votes on the first ballot and was automatically dropped. The party did not announce the actual vote count for any of the candidates.

Leslie gave the evening’s best speech and had the best gimmick—a big screen video player dominating one side of the McInnes room and featuring an endless loop of endorsements and candidate photos that played even while her opponents were making their speeches—but that probably reflected the more important reality that hers appeared to be the best organized of the three campaigns.

This will be Leslie’s first run for federal office.

According to her website bio, Leslie, who has “lived, studied and working in this riding for over seven years,” is a leader of the Affordable Energy Coaliton, a founding member of OUTLaw (a queer action group at the law school), a founding member of the Social Activist Law Student Association (SALSA) and the coordinator of the Scandinavian Movie Series, which brought free Scandinavian —who knew there were Scandinavian movies?—movies and cultural lectures to Halifax.

Leslie will officially kick off her campaign Tuesday afternoon with the opening of the party’s campaign office at the corner of Robie and Young Streets.

More on the NDP nomination meeting later…

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