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  Perseverance is key to victory in Alberta: Layton
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Last EditedMonsieur  Jul 29, 2009 10:03am
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AuthorThe Canadian Press
News DateWednesday, July 29, 2009 04:00:00 PM UTC0:0
DescriptionEDMONTON -- If at first you don't succeed, run, run again.

Alberta has historically been somewhat infertile ground for the federal NDP, but leader Jack Layton is hoping that "perseverance and determination" will lead the party to improve on its one-seat standing in the next federal election.

Layton was in Edmonton on Monday to see former Alberta NDP leader Ray Martin and aboriginal activist Lewis Cardinal acclaimed as the party's candidates in Edmonton East and Edmonton Centre.

Cardinal is new to the federal party but despite his long service as a member of the Alberta legislature - he led his party to win 16 seats in the 1986 provincial election - Martin has tried and failed to be elected in three different federal votes dating back to 1997.

That doesn't discourage Layton, who remains upbeat about NDPer Linda Duncan's squeaker of a win - by a 463-vote margin - over four-term Tory incumbent Rahim Jaffer in 2008.
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