Dave Coles, former Communications, Energy and Paperworkers Union national president and long-time environmentalist has thrown his name into the hat, seeking the NDP nomination in the newly-created Vancouver North Island – Powell River riding.
“I’m proud to be putting my name forward to run to represent this part of the Island,” said Coles. “Ottawa has long ignored coastal issues. It’s time to take a stand and defend the interests of residents of North Island and Powell River. This area is in desperate need of jobs – an issue which decades of Conservative representatives have totally disregarded. I know together, we can do better – and I intend to.”
The campaign starts today, said Coles, who has committed to signing up hundreds of new NDP members. Coles made the announcement at Unifor’s Canadian Council meeting today, taking place September 13-15 in Vancouver.
The nomination election date has not yet been set, but is expected to take place in late November.
About Dave Coles
Dave Coles is a life-long social justice advocate, trade union activist and environmentalist.
He served as the National President of the Communications, Energy and Paperworkers Union for more than seven years, holding a number of key leadership positions in the union and on the Alberta and BC Federations of Labour prior to his election as president.
He began his working life as a paper mill worker and spearheaded the ‘Save Alice’ campaign, which led to keeping the Port Alice mill open, saving hundreds of jobs.
Coles opposes the Northern Gateway pipeline and other projects that put the interests of oil companies ahead of communities – including First Nations.
He is a founding member of the Council of Canadians, the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives and the Parkland Institute.