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  Outremont feud puts Ignatieff in bind
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Last EditedMonsieur  Sep 23, 2009 06:27pm
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AuthorJoan Bryden
MediaNewspaper - Toronto Globe and Mail
News DateThursday, September 24, 2009 12:00:00 AM UTC0:0
DescriptionLiberal Leader Michael Ignatieff is coming under intense pressure to reverse a decision that blocks Martin Cauchon's political comeback in the prized Quebec riding of Outremont.

Party insiders say discussions between emissaries for the former justice minister and the leader's office are taking place in a bid to find a “win-win solution” to the controversy.

Mr. Ignatieff sparked a backlash within the party when he confirmed Monday that he's decided to appoint a woman as the Liberal candidate in Outremont, a Montreal riding held by Mr. Cauchon for 11 years before his retirement from politics in 2004.

His decision appeared to slam the door on Mr. Cauchon's hopes of making a political comeback. But in the wake of the backlash, insiders close to Mr. Cauchon say the leader's office is now considering a number of other options, including:

– Finding another riding for Nathalie Le Prohon, the businesswoman Mr. Ignatieff intends to appoint in Outremont.
– Finding another riding for Mr. Cauchon.
– Allowing Liberal grassroots in Outremont to choose their preferred candidate in an open nomination contest.
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