10/27/2011 03:17 EDT | Updated 12/27/2011 05:12 EST

NDP Leadership Race: Robert Chisholm Set To Enter Race In Dartmouth, N.S. On Sunday


OTTAWA — Nova Scotia MP Robert Chisholm will add his name to the list of NDP leadership contenders on Sunday.

Chisholm, the MP for Dartmouth—Cole Harbour and a past NDP leader in the province, is hoping that he can follow Alexa McDonough's footsteps from Nova Scotia leader to federal NDP leader.

Thursday, Chisholm posted on his Facebook page an invite for “A Very Special Announcement this Sunday October 30th 11am, at Alderney Landing in downtown Dartmouth.

"I deeply appreciate all of the support that so many of you have shown me so far this year and I would be so grateful to see you on Sunday. Thank you, and please share this message as widely as possible," read the statement.

Chisholm was not immediately available for an interview.

The 54-year-old told The Huffington Post late last month that he was considering a run and wanted to ensure he had broad support and financial backing to mount a successful campaign, including paying for extensive travel costs to crisscross the country.

"Traveling alone will cost $100,000," Chisholm, estimated. If he couldn't put a good campaign together, he made it clear, he wouldn’t run.

"Then there is no point of doing it. You're toying with people's time and energy, and that's not fair,"

Chisholm will become the eighth NDP leadership contestant to declare his bid. Toronto NDP MP Peggy Nash is planning to announce her intention to run on Friday.

The NDP leadership race so far includes: former party president Brian Topp, Montreal MP Thomas Mulcair, new MP Romeo Saganash, B.C. MP Nathan Cullen, Ottawa MP Paul Dewar and Nova Scotia businessman Martin Singh.

NDP members will choose a leader during a party convention on March 24, 2012.

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