Windsor West MP Has No Reaction to Possible Showdown with Pupatello

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The incumbent Windsor West MP is not reacting to word that former Ontario cabinet minister Sandra Pupatello wants to challenge him for his job.

New Democrat Brian Masse has served the riding since 2002 and is seeking another term in the October 21 federal election.

Former Windsor West MPP Sandra Pupatello has called a news conference for 4 p.m. Friday at the Fogular Furlan Club, where she's expected to announce her bid for the federal Liberal nomination.

She served the riding between 1999 and 2011 at Queen's Park, holding several high-profile cabinet positions in Premier Dalton McGuinty's government.

When asked about the possibility of facing Pupatello, Masse deflected the questions.

"I don't really have much of a reaction today. Our election stuff hasn't been called yet, so I'm essentially ready for an election when it comes," said Masse. "I'm happy to run against whoever is selected as the opponent."

Pupatello served the riding between 1999 and 2011 at Queen's Park, holding several high-profile cabinet positions in Premier Dalton McGuinty's government.

Masse says he's ready for whatever election fight there is in the riding.

"So it really doesn't make a difference in terms of who the Liberal candidate is,' he explained. "I mean, we've got the work that we have, we've been doing over the last number of years. We've got our team, we've got all our resources, we've got things that we need to do and that's kind of what we do.  We go about it."

Also seeking the Liberal nomination in the riding are Melinda Munro and Hsiao D'ailly.

If she receives the nomination, Pupatello would be running against Masse, Henry Lau of the Conservatives, and Darryl Burrell of the People’s Party of Canada.