02/12/2017 02:19 EST

Guy Caron, NDP MP, Drops Critic Role To Mull Leadership Bid

The race is still quite open.

OTTAWA — Quebec MP Guy Caron is stepping aside as the NDP's finance critic to consider a leadership bid.

Caron says he believes his caucus colleagues need a full-time critic with the federal budget's upcoming release.

The race to replace Tom Mulcair in October remains wide open.

Guy Caron stands next to NDP leader Tom Mulcair in 2015. (Photo: Guy Caron/Facebook)

B.C. MP Peter Julian is the only person to formally register with Elections Canada.

Other possible contenders include Ontario MP Charlie Angus, Manitoba MP Niki Ashton and Ontario deputy NDP leader Jagmeet Singh.

A leadership debate is scheduled on March 12 in Ottawa.

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