New Democrats Choose Federal Candidate This Weekend

Three-way race generating excitement, says riding president

The New Democrat campaign to win back Vancouver Island North will gear up this weekend, when party members from Fanny Bay to Port Hardy will choose their candidate for the coming federal election.

NDP members will gather at the Native Son’s Hall in Courtenay for a nomination meeting on Sunday, February 27, with registration opening at 12:30 p.m. and the meeting starting at 1 p.m.

“Our members are very excited,” says riding association president Roger Kishi. “It’s been a great three-way race. We know that whoever wins, we’ll have a strong candidate who can win back this riding by defeating John Duncan.”

The candidates vying for the nomination are Port McNeill councillor Shirley Ackland, former Courtenay councillor Erik Eriksson, and current Courtenay councillor Ronna-Rae Leonard.

Members will vote at the meeting, while many others have submitted their ballots by mail.

The meeting will also feature special guest Peter Julian, MP for Burnaby-New Westminster, who will speak while the ballots are being counted. Results are expected mid afternoon.


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