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11/10/2011 09:19 EST | Updated 01/23/2014 06:58 EST

Alexa McDonough Endorses Peggy Nash For NDP Leadership

HALIFAX - Former federal NDP leader Alexa McDonough is endorsing Peggy Nash for the party's leadership.

McDonough says the Toronto MP has the skills and experience to take on what she described as the Conservative government's failing economic policies.

In a statement, McDonough says Nash also has the activist roots to continue building the party throughout the country.

McDonough served as the leader of the federal NDP from 1995 to 2003 and led Nova Scotia's New Democrats from 1980 to 1994.

So far, there are nine candidates in the race to succeed Jack Layton, who died earlier this year after a battle with cancer.

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