Liberals nominate former adviser to Prime Minister Jean Chretien as candidate for Victoria

Liberals nominate former adviser to Prime Minister Jean Chretien as candidate for Victoria

Just a month after she moderated a panel discussion at a Liberal fundraiser featuring Prime Minister Justin Trudeau in Victoria, Nikki Macdonald will be looking to head to Ottawa to sit as the Liberal MP for the riding.

The former Executive Director of Government Relations at the University of Victoria was nominated as the Liberal Party of Canada candidate for Victoria on Wednesday.

Macdonald spent 12-years working for the federal government in Ottawa including as a Director of Appointments to former Prime Minister Jean Chretien. She also served as a senior adviser to the Minister of Citizenship and Immigration.

She worked for Schering-Plough, an international pharmaceutical company, as director of federal affairs from 2005 to 2009.

Macdonald is the daughter of longtime and legendary Liberal politician Donald Macdonald who served as a cabinet minister under Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau. He passed away in 2018 at the age of 86.

The announcement means all the main party candidates for Victoria are now in place ahead of the October 21st federal election.

Laurel Collins is running for the NDP, Racelle Kooy for the Greens, Richard Caron for the Conservatives and Alyson Culbert for the People’s Party.

The Liberals finished third in the riding in 2015 after their candidate Cheryl Thomas resigned during the campaign because of past comments she had made on Facebook. Her name remained on the ballot.

Incumbent NDP MP Murray Rankin, first elected in a 2012 by-election, announced earlier this year that he would not be seeking re-election.

The NDP has held the seat since 2006. Former Liberal cabinet minister David Anderson served as the riding’s MP from 1993 to 2006.


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