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Federal byelection set for May in B.C. riding of Nanaimo-Ladysmith
The riding opened up when former NDP MP Sheila Malcolmson resigned in January to run successfully for the provincial New Democrats.

Sheila Malcolmson, formerly the MP for Nanaimo-Ladysmith, is now a provincial MLA for John Horgan's NDP government. CHAD HIPOLITO / THE CANADIAN PRESS

Bob Chamberlin, vice-president of the Union of BC Indian Chiefs who has also served as chief counsellor of the Kwikwasutinuxw Haxwamis First Nation on Gilford Island since 2005, announced last week he intends to seek the NDP nomination for the riding.

Trudeau sets May date for federal byelection in Nanaimo-Ladysmith

OTTAWA — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has announced a May byelection in B.C. to fill a seat vacated by a former New Democrat.

In January, the prime minister called byelections for three ridings, including Burnaby South, where NDP leader Jagmeet Singh ultimately won his seat in Parliament more than a year after nabbing the party’s leadership.

The riding opened up when former New Democrat member of Parliament Sheila Malcolmson resigned in January to run successfully for the provincial New Democrats.

The Conservatives, meanwhile, have named businessman John Hirst as their candidate, while Paul Manly has secured the nomination for the Green Party. Jennifer Clarke will run for the People’s Party of Canada.

Malcolmson was one of several NDP MPs who decided not to run again in October’s federal election.

The other two byelections — in Outremont, Que., and York–Simcoe, Ont. — saw the Liberals win the Quebec seat back from the NDP, but the party was unable to oust the Conservatives from the Ontario riding.

The list includes B.C. MPs Murray Rankin, Nathan Cullen and Fin Donnelly, Alberta MP Linda Duncan, Ontario MPs Irene Mathyssen and David Christopherson, and Quebec’s Helene Laverdiere, Romeo Saganash, Marjolaine Boutin-Sweet and Anne Minh-Thu Quach.

Bob Chamberlin, a long-serving chief counsellor of a First Nation based on Gilford Island in the Broughton Archipelago off northeastern Vancouver Island, has said he intends to seek the NDP candidacy in Nanaimo-Ladysmith.

Chamberlin has worked in the Kwikwasutinuxw Haxwa’mis First Nation and as vice president of the Union of B.C. Indian Chiefs. He has also worked with Liberal and Conservative governments, served as chair of several agencies and boards, and advocated on a range of issues.

Michelle Corfield, who currently serves as chair of the Nanaimo Port Authority, has already been named as the Liberal candidate for the federal byelection.

Paul Manly, a researcher, filmmaker and communications specialist who has lived and worked in Nanaimo since 2002, is running for the Green party. Manly finished fourth in the riding in the general election of 2015, earning 19.8 per cent of the vote.

Ms. Malcolmson is one of several New Democrats who decided against running in the coming federal election. That list includes B.C. MPs Murray Rankin, Fin Donnelly and Kennedy Stewart, who left federal politics to run successfully for mayor of Vancouver. Ontario NDP MPs Irene Mathyssen and David Christopherson are not seeking re-election and neither are Quebec MPs Hélène Laverdière, Romeo Saganash, Marjolaine Boutin-Sweet and Anne Minh-Thu Quach, and Alberta MP Linda Duncan.

The Conservatives have selected 32-year-old financial manager John Hirst to run in the riding while Jennifer Clarke, who lost the nomination to Hirst, will represent the new People’s Party of Canada, led by Quebec MP Maxime Bernier.

The Liberals and Conservatives both named candidates for the riding, but the NDP have yet to nominate someone. Kwikwasutinuxw Haxwamis Chief Bob Chamberlin, a long-time chief councillor and prominent Indigenous leader, said he is seeking the NDP nomination for the riding. Mr. Chamberlin is a vice-president of the Union of BC Indian Chiefs who has been a strong opponent of the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion and an advocate of safeguarding wild salmon.

A byelection has been called for the federal riding of Nanaimo-Ladysmith, the Prime Minister's Office announced Sunday. 

The B.C. riding was formerly held by New Democrat MP Sheila Malcolmson. She resigned in January to run in a provincial byelection in the riding of Nanaimo, a vote she won.

The Liberal Party said it had nominated Michelle Corfield, a volunteer and local businesswoman, as its candidate for the riding. According to the party, Ms. Corfield grew up in Nanaimo and has served as chair of the Nanaimo Port Authority, and chair of the legislative council of the Ucluelet First Nation.

The Nanaimo-Ladysmith vote, scheduled May 6, will be the fourth federal byelection of the year, after three were decided in February.

Mr. Chamberlin said in a statement last week that he wants to help the New Democrats get better results than the Liberals on a handful of key issues including health care, affordable housing and find ways to protect the countrys coast with green technology and grow the economy in the riding.

In the Feb. 25 byelection, voters preserved the Conservatives' long string of wins in Ontario's York-Simcoe electing Scot Davidson. The Liberals, with candidate Rachel Bendayan, regained Montreal's Outremont riding, held by former NDP leader Tom Mulcair before he resigned as an MP last August.

Current NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh earned a seat in the House of Commons with a win in Burnaby South, vacated last September by former New Democrat MP Kennedy Stewart, now Vancouver's mayor.  

Mr. Trudeau has yet to call a by-election for the Nova Scotia riding of Kings-Hants, which was vacated when Scott Brison, former Treasury Board president, announced in early February that he was not seeking re-election.

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