Members of the Courtenay Alberni NDP Riding Association will meet in Coombs to take the first steps in preparing for the federal election campaign scheduled for October 2015.
As a result of the redistribution of riding boundaries last year a new riding has been created which includes all the residents between the east and west coasts of Vancouver Island in the area from Courtenay south to Nanoose Bay.
Included are Denman, Hornby and Lasqueti Islands and the west coast communities of Port Alberni, Tofino and Ucluelet. The meeting April 13 will officially create the riding association to represent NDP members in this area which is a merger of parts of the old Nanaimo Alberni and Vancouver Island North ridings.
Randall Garrison, NDP MP from Esquimalt Juan de Fuca will bring greetings from NDP leader Thomas Mulcair and will review the multitude of reasons why it is so important to elect an NDP MP in Courtenay Alberni in the next election.
Looking ahead to the meeting, Garrison stated: “The Harper Conservative government has worn out its welcome with Canadians. After eight years in power, they are operating in a way that is totally out of step with what people want.
“This is witnessed in their unilateral attempt to rewrite the Elections Act and in their heartless treatment of Canadian veterans.”
Registration for the meeting opens at 1:30 p.m. in the Bradley Centre at 975 Shearme Rd. in Coombs.
For more information, call 250-335-1157 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
— Courtenay Alberni NDP Riding Association