BC NDP leadership candidate, Victoria councillor to hold event in Esquimalt

BC NDP leadership candidate, Victoria councillor to hold event in Esquimalt
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Anjali Appadurai (left) will be hosting a picnic in Gorge Park on Aug. 31.

One of the candidates for the BC NDP leadership position will join a Victoria councillor at an event in Gorge Park Wednesday evening.

Anjali Appadurai and Ben Isitt will be hosting a picnic near the Japanese Pavilion starting at 5 p.m.

An event page asks attendees to bring their own snacks and refreshments.

“There will also be fun for activities like t-shirt making,” the page says. “Bring your own t-shirt (we recommend white, red or black) to make your very own Team Anjali t-shirt!”

In an interview with CHEK News, Appadurai says the event will be an informal meet-and-greet, as well as a chance to launch the policy vision input form.

“We’ll be talking about the policy vision,” Appadurai said. “We kicked off a policy input process that’s going to be seeking grassroots input into the policy platform.”

Appadurai says Isitt reached out to her campaign to ask to attend the Victoria event

“Ben reached out, and I’ve supported some of his work in the past so I thought it would be a good opportunity to hang out,” Appadurai said. “I think people are seeing this as sort of an alignment, and that’s definitely not the case. I respect a lot of Ben’s work and I just accepted an invitation from him.”

Appadurai is one of three people currently vying for leadership of the B.C. New Democrats after premier and party leader John Horgan announced he will be stepping down earlier this year.

She is running against David Eby, who has stepped down from his cabinet role of attorney general and housing minister to run, and Cherry Smiley, an Indigenous and feminist advocate from the Lower Nicola Indian Band.

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