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  Goodale joins McCallum as interim leader contender
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News DateMonday, October 20, 2008 01:00:00 AM UTC0:0
DescriptionOTTAWA -- Liberal House Leader Ralph Goodale is pushing hard behind the scenes to line up caucus support to become interim leader if Stephane Dion steps down Monday, party insiders say.

Sources say the unilingual Goodale appears to have substantial caucus backing but his team understands it needs a francophone MP as a deputy leader.

One name mentioned is MP Marcel Proulx as deputy leader.

John McCallum, the party finance critic, is also a serious player in the running. He supported Michael Ignatieff in the leadership race while Goodale back Bob Rae.

Some senior Liberals say McCallum, who is bilingual, has the inside track but that was before Goodale began his lobbying efforts.

Another name mentioned is NHL great Ken Dryden. He ran in the last leadership campaign and would not be seen as belonging to either the Ignatieff or Rae camps.
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