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PostPosted: Thu Jan 03, 2019 9:02 am    Post subject: Nanaimo provincial by election in BC on Jan 30 Reply with quote

( there is another high profile by election in BC this year , a provincial vote in Nanaimo .
although personally I think its too early for the BC liberals to take a serious run at the ndp and not sure of the likelihood of this seat switching parties , its been ndp for sometime .only ever went liberal once in 2001 when they won ever seat nearly

is also potential trouble for the federal ndp as Shelia Malcolmson has yet to resign her federal seat and if she does so before Jan 20 it could trigger another federal by election in BC )

Byelection in B.C. has potential to tip balance of power

The British Columbia Legislature
The British Columbia Legislature is reflected in the waters of Victoria harbour in the early morning in Victoria, B.C. Monday, Jan. 16, 2012. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward)

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Published Wednesday, January 2, 2019 3:53PM EST

VICTORIA -- The date of Jan. 30th has been set for a byelection to replace the member from Nanaimo, B.C., with the potential to upset the balance of power in the provincial legislature.

Five-term New Democrat MLA Leonard Krog resigned in November after he was elected mayor of Nanaimo.

The results of the byelection are key because Krog's resignation gives the New Democrats just 40 seats in the house, while the Liberals have 42 and there is one Independent.

The NDP has been governing with the support of the three Green party members in the legislature.

Premier John Horgan has said the byelection would be called before his government presents its budget in February.

NDP member of Parliament Sheila Malcolmson will represent the New Democrats, while retired teacher Michele Ney is running for the Greens, and local businessman Tony Harris has the Liberal nomination.


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Critical Nanaimo byelection set for Jan. 30

It's a long-shot, but NDP loss and Liberal win would change balance of power in provincial legislature

Karin Larsen · CBC News · Posted: Jan 02, 2019 1:06 PM PT | Last Updated: January 2

Nanaimo byelection candidates: Green Party's Michele Ney, left, Liberal Tony Harris, centre, NDP Sheila Malcolmson, right. (CBC)


A provincial byelection with the potential to upset the balance of power in the B.C. Legislature, has been set for Jan. 30 in the riding of Nanaimo.

The seat became vacant when Leonard Krog resigned on Nov. 20, 2018, after 18 years as an NDP MLA. Krog stepped down after being elected mayor of Nanaimo the month before.

Retaining the seat is critical if the NDP is to hold the reins of power in Victoria.

Currently, the party has 41 seats and and enjoys the support of three Green MLAs, for a total of 44 seats. The B.C. Liberals currently hold 42 seats.

But if the Liberals managed to score a long-shot win in Nanaimo, both it and the NDP-Greens would be tied with 43 seats each.

The candidates

NDP Nanaimo-Ladysmith Member of Parliament Sheila Malcolmson is hoping to make the switch from federal to provincial politics. Malcolmson was acclaimed as the party's candidate for the Nanaimo byelection in December.

The Liberals have nominated well-known Nanaimo businessman Tony Harris, while the B.C. Greens selected Michele Ney, a teacher and daughter of former Nanaimo mayor and provincial MLA Frank Ney.

The January byelection date means the winner will be sitting in the legislature for the winter legislative session and provincial budget announced in February.

The NDP has won the riding 13 of the last 15 elections, although historically byelections results often go against the ruling party.


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Nanaimo byelection set for Jan. 30

By NanaimoNewsNOW Staff

January 2, 2019 - 12:37pm

Sheila Malcolmson, Tony Harris and Michele Ney will run for B.C.'s three main parties in a provincial byelection on Jan. 30.

File photos/BC Green Party handout

NANAIMO — Voters in Nanaimo now know when they'll head to the polls in a high-stakes provincial byelection.

Premier John Horgan announced the byelection to fill the Nanaimo riding's vacant MLA seat will be held Wednesday, Jan. 30.

The seat was vacated by longtime NDP MLA Leonard Krog, who resigned after successfully running for mayor in October.

The entire province will be intently watching the byelection, considered by many as one of the most important in B.C.'s history.

A Liberal win would create a tie for seats in the legislature, leaving the speaker to break any tie votes and potentially triggering a provincial election.

The deadline for candidate nominations is Jan. 9 and 1 p.m. and all three of B.C.'s main political parties have already declared their candidates.

Former Nanaimo-Ladysmith NDP MP Sheila Malcolmson resigned her seat in Ottawa to run for the BC NDP, businessman Tony Harris will carry the banner for the BC Liberals and Michele Ney, daughter of renowned Nanaimo mayor Frank Ney, will represent the BC Green Party.

The fledgling BC Conservatives said they would also run a candidate but have yet to name anyone.

Advance voting runs from Jan. 22 to Jan. 27 from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. at yet-to-be announced locations.

Voting is also available at the Nanaimo district electoral office (201-65 Front St.) until 4 p.m. on General Voting Day. Vote by mail packages can be requested through the district electoral office, on Elections BC’s website, or by calling 1-800-661-8683.


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PostPosted: Thu Jan 03, 2019 9:19 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

( it sounds like she has in fact resigned her federal seat as of Jan 2 , so trudeau could call a by election for this riding as well . although it be rushed and force Singh to spend some time on the Ferry from Vancouver > Nanaimo to campaign in it instead of being in Burnaby )

Fourth federal riding falls vacant as PM poised to call three byelections

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January 2, 2019 03:17 PM

OTTAWA — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is poised to call byelections in three federal ridings within days and now he has a fourth vacant riding he may choose to fill at the same time.

Sheila Malcolmson has officially resigned as the New Democrat MP for the British Columbia riding of Nanaimo-Ladysmith.

She is leaving the federal stage to run in a provincial byelection, called Wednesday by Premier John Horgan for Jan. 30.

Malcolmson says she sent a letter to House of Commons Speaker Geoff Regan on Nov. 27, informing him that her resignation would take effect on Jan. 2.

In addition to Nanaimo-Ladysmith, there are three other vacant ridings: the B.C. riding of Burnaby South, where NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh is hoping to win a seat in the Commons, the Ontario riding of York-Simcoe, left open by the resignation of Conservative MP Peter Van Loan, and the Montreal riding of Outremont, where former NDP leader Tom Mulcair has resigned.

Trudeau's office has confirmed the prime minister intends to call byelections in those three ridings early this month, with the votes taking place in early February.

He could now add Nanaimo-Ladysmith to the roster, although he's shown little inclination in the past to rush into byelections. Indeed, he faced criticism last October when he called a Dec. 3 byelection in a vacant eastern Ontario riding while leaving Burnaby South, York-Simcoe and Outremont to a later date.

Trudeau argued at the time that the other three ridings had been vacant for "mere weeks" and he pointed out that the prime minister is legally entitled to wait up to six months after a vacancy occurs before calling a byelection.

However, the situation in Nanaimo-Ladysmith is somewhat different. If Trudeau does not call a byelection there quickly, it will remain without representation until the next general election on Oct. 21.

Under an omnibus bill reforming Canada's election laws that went into effect just before Christmas, byelections can no longer be called within nine months of the day fixed for a general election. That makes Jan. 20 the last day Trudeau can schedule any byelections.

The new law means the Montreal riding of Saint-Leonard—Saint-Michel, due to be vacated by Liberal MP Nicola Di Iorio on Jan. 22, will be left without an MP for nine months.


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Morris anticipating close battle in Nanaimo by-election, confident in candidate Tony Harris

Brendan Pawliw Brendan Pawliw, staff Thursday, Jan. 3rd, 2019

 Prince George-Mackenzie MLA Mike Morris

It’s been an interesting time in BC politics and the plot is about to thicken by the end of the month as a crucial by-election has been called in Nanaimo.

The move needed to be made after longtime NDP MLA Leonard Krog left provincial politics last summer and eventually took the mayor’s chair in that community.

Even though the riding has historically been a New Democrat hot spot, Prince George-Mackenzie MLA Mike Morris is quite confident in the candidate they selected.

“Tony Harris is a longtime resident, his family has been there since the 1800s, he is a businessman and is quite active with the community as well. We have some dynamic times ahead in the world of BC politics, the riding has been an NDP stronghold but I think we have a great candidate.”

Harris will be running against former Nanaimo/Ladysmith Federal MP Sheila Malcomson who is running for the NDP while the Green Party has selected Michelle Ney to run.

Morris explains what the dynamics would like in Victoria if the Liberals were victorious.

“It would be a 43-43 tie and it would be left up to the speaker to determine the deciding vote on it – he’ll probably vote in favour of government but it still makes it tough to bring any legislation forward and in effect, they become lame-duck governments.”

The current Speaker of the House is Daryl Plecas and his situation isn’t exactly crystal clear either.

“We also have to keep in mind that we don’t know what’s going to happen with the speaker he sits in a spot where I understand there might be a recall campaign against him as well so it’s a dynamic world in the life of politics in BC and I’m sure there is going to be a lot of eyes focused on what we’re doing in the future and we’re just going to have to see what happens.”

The by-election takes place January 30th with the House resuming on February 12th.


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Official campaign launched for BC NDP candidate Sheila Malcolmson for Nanaimo byelection

Posted By: Julian Kolsuton: January 05, 2019In: News, Top Stories

John Horgan, Leonard Krog and Sheila Malcolmson take a photo at a campaign kickoff and office opening Saturday (Photo: BC NDP)

Just three days after the call for a provincial byelection in Nanaimo, the NDP’s Sheila Malcolmson hosted an official campaign kickoff and office opening.

The NDP says Malcolmson and volunteers have been at work since she announced her intention to run in Oct. but now they have notched up the efforts.

The party also says about 200 people came through the office for the event Saturday and afterwards volunteers went out to neighbourhoods throughout Nanaimo for door-to-door canvassing.

In 2002 Malcolmson was elected to the Islands Trust for four consecutive terms before being elected Chair of the Islands Trust Council in 2008.

In 2015 she was elected as a federal MP for Nanaimo-Ladysmith

The NDP add that B.C. Prmeiere John Horgan was also at the event and thanked the volunteers and stressed the importance of keeping the seat for the party.

On October 20th, 2018 Leonard Krog was elected to be the mayor of Nanaimo, making him step down from his position as MLA for Nanaimo.

This triggered a byelection that has many watching, as the NDP has a narrow grasp of power in the provincial legislature.

Krog was a member of the NDP, If B.C. Liberal candidate Tony Harris claims a victory in the byelection, the legislature would be even with 43 votes between the Liberals and the NDP-Green Party alliance which could lead to a provincial election.

Harris’ father Tom built the family’s cell phone and auto business. B.C. Liberal leader Andrew Wilkinson says the 6th generation Vancouver Islander is a business leader and is from a family that has deep roots in the community.

The B.C. Greens have put forward Michele Ney, a retired teacher who has also been said to have deep routes in the community.

Her father was Frank Ney who was the mayor of the city for 21 years and was in the legislature for a term with the Social Credit Party.

Nanaimo has been an NDP stronghold over the years. Voters in Nanaimo will head to the polls Jan. 30 to choose their next MLA.

Advance voting will be available over six days from Jan. 22 to Jan 27 from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Advance voting places and the dates and times they are open will be published on the Elections B.C. website, in community newspapers, and on Where to Vote cards that will be sent to Nanaimo voters before advance voting starts.


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Byelection a chance for Nanaimo to be heard, says B.C. Liberal candidate

Carla Wilson / Times Colonist
January 9, 2019 06:00 AM

Businessman Tony Harris, the B.C. Liberal candidate in the Nanaimo byelection: "This would be an opportunity to change the conversation around our community, and thatÕs ultimately what pushed me over the edge to do it."

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This is Nanaimo’s time to muster support for local issues — everything from cardiac care and cancer treatment services to more affordable housing — now that provincial attention is focused on the upcoming byelection, says B.C. Liberal candidate Tony Harris.

The byelection, which has the potential to tip the scales of power in the B.C. legislature, is set for Jan. 30.

“We knew that this byelection would matter a lot to everybody. Because of that, I understood that this would be a great opportunity for Nanaimo to have its voice heard, unlike any other time,” Harris said.

“This would be an opportunity to change the conversation around our community, and that’s ultimately what pushed me over the edge to do it.”

Harris decided to run in the fall, announcing his bid on Nov. 7.

The move came just months after he backed Leonard Krog, then the NDP MLA for Nanaimo, in his run to be the city’s mayor. Harris attended the packed announcement and introduced Krog.

At that time, Harris said, there was no thought of running for the provincial seat. The 35-year-old, who says his family has been in the Nanaimo area since 1876, is busy with his real estate and investment businesses, and he and his wife, Leslie, have a four-year-old, a two-year-old and another baby due March 6.

Krog easily won the mayor’s race in October and stepped down as MLA, sparking the byelection.

Sheila Malcolmson in turn resigned her seat as the MP for Nanaimo-Ladysmith, to run for the NDP provincially. The Green Party’s Michele Ney, a retired teacher, Robin Richardson of the Vancouver Island Party, and Bill Walker of the B.C. Libertarian Party have also announced they are running.

The deadline for candidates to file their nomination papers is today at 1 p.m.

If Harris wins, the Liberals and the NDP-Green partnership would each have 43 seats, with Speaker Darryl Plecas — who was elected as a Liberal but now sits as an Independent — holding the deciding vote.

Despite the provincial ramifications of the outcome, the race should be all about local issues, Harris said.

Harris said he’s always felt that Nanaimo has been seen as an afterthought. But it is the largest city north of the Malahat and growing, and has big-city issues that need to be addressed.

Harris, who has sat on the board of directors for the Nanaimo and District Hospital Foundation, said a new intensive care unit at the local hospital has been a priority. He called the provincial government’s announcement of a $33.85-million ICU, to open in 2021, “terrific.”

He is calling for further health services in mid-Island.

“I’m advocating for a full comprehensive cancer treatment centre in Nanaimo, where people don’t have to drive to Victoria for radiation treatment,” he said.

He is also pushing for a comprehensive cardiac care service in Nanaimo, again to avoid forcing patients to travel to Victoria.

Harris said the speculation tax, which is set to be imposed on Nanaimo, is slowing development down.

He is also keen to see affordable housing developed in the community. He wants to see a more diverse job market and support for Nanaimo’s high-tech sector — moves that would encourage residents to remain in the city.


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B.C. Green Party leader says Nanaimo byelection candidate Michelle Ney would bring stability and accountability

Andrew Weaver campaigned door-to-door in Nanaimo
Chris Bush/
Jan. 10, 2019 5:45 p.m./
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B.C. Green Party leader Andrew Weaver came bearing a pledge of accountability and stability if the party gains another seat in the upcoming Nanaimo byelection when he visited the city this week.

Weaver joined Green candidate Michelle Ney on a door-to-door campaign in north Nanaimo in an effort to drum up support for Ney and the party on Thursday.

“It’s a three-way race and I think you’ll find the Liberals implode about seven days from now,” Weaver said.

Ney is one of six candidates competing in the Nanaimo byelection, which will take place on Jan. 30.

Weaver described Ney as an exceptional candidate with a long history in the community and someone who shares the Green Party value of considering the long-term consequences of her decisions, not just re-election. He also said the byelection is highly important to the B.C. Greens.

“We believe this is one that people will recognize the B.C. Greens not only can win, but will win, if they show up to vote,” Weaver said. “Why I say that is because right now we know the B.C. Liberals want very hard to win this to create instability in the legislature. Instability in, by essence, forcing another … provincial election a few months from now. That is the Liberal goal.”

A vote for Sheila Malcolmson, Weaver said, is a vote for NDP opportunism, which has created instability federally and provincially through Krog and Malcolmson leaving their positions and forcing byelections.

“You’ll get stability with Sheila, if she were elected, but the other thing is accountability … you have a Liberal elected, you’ll have accountability. They’ll hold government to account, but with a Green, not only do you get stability because we’re not going to make government fall,” he said. “We’ve been very clear our job is to ensure that things work, but we’ll also get accountability.”

The Green Party, he said, have been instrumental in tempering far left NDP policies and have also ensured the NDP government acted on climate change, adopted Green fine tuning of the speculation tax and acting on environmental issues.

Weaver also said Green Party members are free to speak their opinions, are not restricted to a controlled party message and Ney would be a hard-working local voice.

“Somebody who’s actually going to be free to say what she wants to say,” Weaver said. “She’s not going to be given speaking notes from a 20-something-year-old from the back room and told to speak or not to speak to the media. She is own her person. She is the representative. She speaks on behalf of the constituents and that’s why we’re quite different from the other two parties.”

Is there a danger of the Green Party being a mechanism for vote spitting that could create an opening for the B.C. Liberals? Ney said people in the community are looking for change and noted that in the last provincial election the NDP held ground, the Liberals lost ground, but the Greens gained enough ground to hold the balance of power in the legislature.

“We need to do it now and I care about our community,” Ney said. “I care about the people. I’ve served here for 30-something years and you can feel the energy. We need the change now. I’m talking to people. They feel angry. They feel frustrated and I feel that for them and that’s why I’m doing this.”

Weaver said it’s the B.C. Liberals and B.C. NDP that are splitting the Green vote.

“Both the B.C. NDP and the B.C. Liberals are splitting our vote because we know that we can deliver somebody who will ensure that they will get the best possible elected representative while at the same time ensuring accountability and stability,” he said. “That is accountability which you will get in an opposition MLA and stability because the government will remain, but at the same time she’ll have influence as one of the four Green MLAs holding the balance of responsibility in the B.C. legislature. The B.C. NDP have to listen to us and they do and that gives her direct influence. She will have more influence in government than Sheila because Sheila will be another NDP backbench-er twiddling her thumbs.”


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( those following BC politics are also saying there will likely be a BC election by June if the ndp loses the Nanaimo by election to the liberals . something that may work against the liberals as voters rarely want an early election )

If BC Liberals take Nanaimo by-election, MLA Clovechok sees an election in June

Carolyn Grant/
Jan. 11, 2019 8:30 a.m./
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Columbia River Revelstoke MLA Doug Clovechok is living in interesting political times. It was an eventful year in B.C. politics and there is more to come in 2019.

First of all, there was the electoral reform referendum, and although Clovechok’s BC Liberals were on the winning side in that outcome, he says it’s not something he can forget.

“I’m not gloating,” he said. “I was clear from the beginning that I don’t oppose discussion on electoral reform. I was opposed to the way the NDP rolled it out in such a confusing way. Dave Eby (Attorney General) recently said Pro Rep was doomed to fail. Well, it was doomed, why do it? The referendum cost $15 million. British Columbians spoke clearly, but 42 per cent of people in Columbia River Revelstoke were looking for change. You can’t ignore that.”

Clovechok says he wants to engage with those who voted for change.

“How can I find ways to make people feel more included? I don’t care what party you voted for, or if you voted at all, if you come to my office for help, I am your MLA.

“Some people in my riding were looking for change, and I don’t think discussion around electoral reform is dead. It is a movement in this country. First Past the Post has served us well, but we have to have reform in the back of mind.”

The legislature returns to session right after the BC Family Day weekend in February, but there is a by-election looming on the landscape that could affect the configuration of the Legislature before it sits.

Clovechok thinks the BC Liberals have a reasonable chance to win in Nanaimo, and if they do, he predicts the Horgan government will fall.

If the B.C. Liberals win that seat, the Legislature is deadlocked at 43 seats.

“The Speaker would vote to break ties, and traditionally the Speaker votes with the government, but it will be gridlock. If we win Nanaimo, I predict an election by June.”

Conversely, Clovechok says if the NDP take the riding, or even the Greens, he doesn’t see an election before 2021.

“The Greens aren’t going to bring down the government. They would lose their influence.”

A recall campaign against Speaker Darryl Plecas could also make things interesting, Clovechok says.

Locally, Clovechok is meeting next week with Mayor Don McCormick and Fire Chief Rick Prasad and the Forests, Lands, Natural Resources and Rural Development people.

The plan is to talk about the past fire season and the $1.8 million in infrastructure work the City has applied for.

New funding formulas have spread the same amount of infrastructure funding over a wider area, and there is concern that there are not enough funds to go around


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B.C. Liberal leader in Nanaimo to support byelection candidate

Andrew Wilkinson campaigning with Tony Harris today, Jan. 12
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Jan. 12, 2019 3:20 p.m./
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The B.C. Liberal Party leader was in the Harbour City on Saturday, backing his Nanaimo byelection candidate and spurring on some 100 supporters and volunteers preparing to canvass.

Andrew Wilkinson was at Tony Harris’s Victoria Crescent campaign office Saturday and with governing parties historically faring poorly in byelections, the provincial opposition leader said voting day on Jan. 30 is of added importance.

“We’re in this spot here in Nanaimo where the town is growing and doing well and people are thinking it’s a different place from what it was a few years ago,” Wilkinson told the News Bulletin. “Tony Harris has made it very clear that he’s looking forward to making this an exciting, thriving community, that’s our agenda and that’s why Tony is running.”

Harris said better quality jobs, affordability and health care are pressing issues facing the area. Nanaimo Regional General Hospital serves the population north of the Malahat and a tertiary hospital with cancer care and full cardiac treatment is needed, said Harris.

“The biggest impact I can have is bringing attention to what’s really important here,” said Harris when asked about how he will achieve that if elected. “Nobody’s ever presented that vision for Nanaimo, the comprehensive vision. It’s always been piecemeal investments and they’ve been good investments, but we need to think bigger, more aspirationally. That’s actually a metaphor for our community as a whole, we need to be thinking about the comprehensive picture and I believe that I can present a vision and a strong voice for the community unlike we’ve ever had in the past.”

Harris’s campaign office is based out of SOUP Cowork Nanaimo, a shared workspace. He talked about what he could do for small business, like SOUP.

“My focus on Nanaimo is bringing attention and investment to institutional areas of our community, whether it’s hospital, port and university, but when we really focus on these key areas in our community it drives more investment from private enterprise because they feel confident in the community’s diversity in the way it moves forward, so I’m just totally focused on bringing more good paying jobs to Nanaimo and with that we can elevate the overall quality of life here for all hard-working families,” said Harris.

When asked if he foresaw another provincial election should Harris win on Jan. 30, Wilkinson said it was hard to forecast.

“One never knows in British Columbia,” said Wilkinson. “It’s an interesting scenario because Tony’s a linchpin in determining what the political future of British Columbia is.”

General voting day is Jan. 30, with advance voting beginning Jan. 22.


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Jan. 30 Nanaimo byelection: Langley man rides ferry to campaign

Carla Wilson / Times Colonist
January 15, 2019 06:00 AM

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Conservative Justin Greenwood is running in the Jan. 30 Nanaimo provincial byelection.

Photograph By via Justin Greenwood

Conservative Justin Greenwood set up signs with volunteers and launched a social-media campaign this week to support his bid for Nanaimo’s seat in a provincial byelection.

The Langley resident said if he wins the race Jan. 30, he will move to Nanaimo. He previously ran unsuccessfully for the Conservatives in Langley in the 2017 provincial election.

Greenwood, 37, is taking on the traditionally NDP stronghold where the three B.C. parties with seats in the legislature are engaged in a stiff battle for votes.

The Liberals, NDP and Green parties have marshalled forces and are fighting for what is a crucial seat in B.C., one that could alter the balance of power at the legislature. The NDP-Green coalition holds 44 seats to the Liberals’ 42.

Larry Giovando held the seat for the Progressive Conservatives from 1952 to 1956. For most of the years since 1963, the NDP has owned the riding, with breaks when former Nanaimo mayor Frank Ney represented Social Credit and Mike Hunter held it for the Liberals.

Greenwood, interim deputy leader of the B.C. Conservatives, has Vancouver Island roots. He was born in Victoria, raised in Central Saanich and has family on the Island, including a brother in Nanaimo.

He said he owned a paintball wholesale shop in Brentwood Bay and a pizzeria in Colwood. In 2010, he attended the Academy of Learning in the West Shore, where he completed a business administration degree.

Today, he is Vancouver-area manager for a Victoria-based real estate marketing firm.

Greenwood said since announcing his candidacy, he has been riding the ferry to Nanaimo to campaign whenever he has the opportunity. The party is planning Saturday campaign events and he intends to participate in all-candidates meetings.

Greenwood is calling for B.C. to scrap its carbon tax, saying it drives up the cost of living.

It’s time to reform Insurance Corp. of B.C. and convert it into a co-operative, he said, adding that lower-cost basic car insurance should be available through the open market. He also said B.C. should eliminate the contentious employer health tax, which came into effect this month for employers with annual payrolls higher than $500,000.

Greenwood took aim at another controversial plan, B.C.’s upcoming speculation tax targeting second homes, saying it discriminates against Canadians and will not result in more affordable housing.

The tax will be imposed on vacant homes in areas including Nanaimo, Victoria and Vancouver, with the goal of encouraging owners to rent them, or sell, in order to increase the number of available homes. Developers say this new tax will have the opposite effect and discourage construction of new homes.

Greenwood said the way to address the shortage of affordable housing is for the province and municipalities to work together to identify suitable sites and to develop programs advancing that goal.

B.C.’s Ministry of Children and Family Development needs to be revamped, he said, because Nanaimo foster parents are telling him that it’s time for an increase in rates paid by the province.

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