Ex-Liberal MP Todd Russell won't seek Grit nod for Labrador byelection

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HAPPY VALLEY-GOOSE BAY, N.L. - The man who lost his seat to former Labrador MP Peter Penashue two years ago says he won't seek the federal Liberal nomination in an upcoming byelection.

Todd Russell chose to make the announcement on CBC's Labrador Morning and could not be reached for comment in advance of the program.

Russell says he believes his time will be better spent in his current role as president of the NunatuKavut (noon-ah-TOO-ha-vut), a non-profit organization that represents the Inuit-Metis of southern Labrador.

Penashue defeated the incumbent Russell by 79 votes in the May 2011 election.

Penashue quit his post earlier this month after Elections Canada found his election campaign had accepted 28 different ineligible donations.

The ex-intergovernmental affairs minister has pledged to run in the byelection for the Conservatives in an effort to clear the air.

Yvonne Jones, a Liberal member of the Newfoundland and Labrador legislature, has said she intends to seek the federal Grit nomination.

The New Democrats selected Harry Borlase as their candidate Sunday.

Organizations: CBC, NunatuKavut, Elections Canada Conservatives Democrats

Geographic location: Newfoundland and Labrador, Southern Labrador

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