Former BC NDP MLA joins BC Conservatives as Nanaimo-Lantzville candidate

Former BC NDP MLA joins BC Conservatives as Nanaimo-Lantzville candidate
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Gwen O’Mahony is pictured.

A former BC NDP MLA is running under the Conservative banner for this year’s election, and she has her eyes set on the new Nanaimo-Lantzville riding.

On Wednesday, the BC Conservative Party announced that Gwen O’Mahony would be the group’s candidate for the Mid-Island riding, which was one of the new electoral districts created by Elections BC for the 2024 election based on changing populations.

O’Mahony was the NDP MLA for the Chilliwack-Hope riding between April 2012 and April 2013.

She remained a part of the New Democrat Party until last month.

“This is not the NDP I thought I served with as an MLA. This is not even John Horgan’s NDP,” said O’Mahony in a statement Wednesday.

“Years ago, I joined the NDP and was elected to represent the traditional ideas of the left. These ideas included representing workers, fighting for what’s right and helping those most vulnerable. However, after a decade of extremism from the left, I can confidently say that as a former MLA and as a woman, I can no longer remain a member of the NDP,” she said.

The new Nanaimo-Lantzville riding stretches from the Departure Bay area of Nanaimo up through Lantzville.

The riding takes up portions of the current Nanaimo and Parksville-Qualicum ridings, which will be rejigged for this election.

Moving forward, the Nanaimo riding has been separated into the aforementioned Nanaimo-Lantzville riding in north, and the Nanaimo-Gabriola Island riding in the south, which covers most of the city.

Meanwhile, the Parksville-Qualicum riding has been separated into Nanaimo-Lantzville in the south, and Ladysmith-Oceanside in the north.

The Nanaimo riding is currently held by NDP MLA Sheila Malcolmson, and the Parksville-Qualicum riding is held by Independent MLA Adam Walker.


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