George Takach is the first Liberal leadership candidate to withdraw from the race. In a statement released Monday afternoon, Takach said he was grateful to be in the contest but is stepping down and supporting Justin Trudeau.
In a telephone interview with Yahoo! Canada News on Monday evening, Takach said he just felt it was the right time to withdraw.
"I was signing up supporters in the thousands, Justin was doing it in the the tens of thousands," he quipped
"I entered the race to win and it became pretty clear to me — particularly after the third debate — that he really is the guy that's going to light this party on fire and the country on fire."
Takach said he finalized his decision to step-down after a meeting with Trudeau.
"I had a long chat with him about three things and I got very very comfortable. Obviously on the national unity file, he's taking the NDP to task," he said.
"The second one: I was very keen not to allow any backroom deals with the NDPRead More »from Liberal leadership candidate George Takach exits race, throws support behind Trudeau