NDP names candidate in byelection to fill seat held by ex-premier Horgan

Outgoing B.C. Premier John Horgan speaks during a question and answer session at a B.C. Chamber of Commerce luncheon on his last full day as premier of the province, in Vancouver, on Thursday, November 17, 2022. The B.C. NDP says it has selected Sooke School Board chair Ravi Parmar as its candidate in the upcoming byelection after the resignation of former Premier John Horgan.

British Columbia’s New Democrats have formally named the head of a Victoria-area school board as their candidate in an upcoming byelection to fill the seat once held by former Premier John Horgan.

The NDP says Sooke School District Chair Ravi Parmar will carry the party banner in the race to represent the riding of Langford-Juan de Fuca.

It issued a release saying Parmar oversaw the largest expansion in the board’s history while working alongside Horgan, who stepped down as premier last year and officially resigned his legislature seat in March.

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Parmar says he worked with Horgan as a student activist while attending Belmont Secondary during the reign of the B.C. Liberal Party, which has since rebranded as BC United.

Parmar says he’s “honoured” to be nominated and follow in the footsteps of Horgan, whom he calls a “friend and mentor.”

BC United named Elena Lawson, a parent advocating for children with autism, as its candidate earlier this month.

The BC Greens announced Camille Currie, founder and president of Canada Pacific Health Care Matters Society and a Langford small business owner, on April 6.

Elections BC says the province has two pending byelections, one for Langford-Juan de Fuca, which must be called by the end of September, and Vancouver-Mount Pleasant, which must be called by mid-October.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published May 13, 2023.

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