Trudeau rules out leadership run

Liberal MP Justin Trudeau. (Reuters)

Liberal MP Justin Trudeau. (Reuters)

Kristy Kirkup, Parliamentary Bureau

, Last Updated: 3:01 PM ET

OTTAWA - Liberal MP and charity boxing champion Justin Trudeau insists he isn't putting himself in the spotlight to spark a future leadership bid.

Trudeau re-ignited speculation about his political ambitions when he participated in -- and won -- a high-profile charity boxing match against Tory Sen. Patrick Brazeau here last weekend.

But the Quebec MP says he isn't interested in winning the party's top job.

At a press conference on Thursday, Trudeau said he made it clear more than a year ago that he wasn't interested in the leadership gig.

Trudeau said comments made by newly minted NDP Leader Thomas Mulcair are "nasty" for suggesting that interim Grit leader Bob Rae must be having a tough week due to all the attention on Trudeau.

Grit MPs including Marc Garneau and David McGuinty have expressed interest in running to become Liberal leader.

The party won't name a permanent boss until 2013, but many political observers believe Rae will run if the party's executive changes rules to allow him to take a shot at the position.

Kristy.Kirkup@sunmedia.ca

On Twitter: @kkirkup 


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