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Familiar faces greet Montrealers on the federal campaign trail – Montreal

WATCH ABOVE: If the slate of candidates running for federal office looks eerily familiar, that’s because several of them have stood for office before. Global’s Billy Shields reports.

MONTREAL – If the slate of candidates running for federal office looks eerily familiar, that’s because several of them have stood for office before – some of them multiple times.

Melanie Joly became the Liberal nominee in the riding of Ahuntsic-Cartierville Sunday.

READ MORE: Former mayoral candidate Melanie Joly to represent Liberals

She’s best known as the come-from-nowhere mayoral candidate who came closest to beating current Montreal Mayor Denis Coderre in 2013.

She’s been a Liberal favourite for months now.

Liberal Party leader Justin Trudeau and MeŽlanie Joly arrive at the annual Saint Jean Baptiste Day parade in Montreal, Wednesday, June 24, 2015.

THE CANADIAN PRESS IMAGES/Graham Hughes

The same day Joly won her nomination, former journalist Anne Lagacé Dowson became the NDP’s selection to run against Liberal party leader Justin Trudeau in the riding of Papineau.

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This is Lagacé Dowson’s third campaign – she unsuccessfully ran for the Dippers in 2008 in the riding of Westmount-Ville Marie, and was defeated in a bid to become chairwoman of the English Montreal School Board last year.

READ MORE: Anne Lagacé Dowson to run against Justin Trudeau in Papineau riding

When asked if she ran the risk of being considered a career politician, she said simply:

“You can’t expect to effect change if you don’t get involved in politics.”

Other politicians familiar to Montrealers include Gilles Duceppe, who has returned as leader of the Bloc Québécois after losing in the 2011 federal election.

He’s running in his old riding of Laurier-Sainte-Marie.

Bloc Québecois leader Gilles Duceppe, right, talks with Parti Québecois leader Pierre Karl Péladeau prior to setting off on their bicycles in Repentigny, Que., Wednesday, July 29, 2015, for a tour of some regions of Quebec.

THE CANADIAN PRESS/Graham Hughes

The riding of Mount-Royal could almost be described as a “two-for” so far as familiar candidates go.

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Former Equality Party MNA (and former Côte-St-Luc mayor) Robert Libman is running for the Tories against current Côte-St-Luc mayor, Liberal candidate Anthony Housefather.