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New federal riding unites Delta Liberals
Delta’s Liberals united under one big tent last Saturday at Kinsmen House in Ladner as the new federal riding association elected its board membership.
Based on the redrawing of federal electoral boundaries for the 2015 election, Delta will become a single riding and no longer be split between parts of Surrey and Richmond.
“Notwithstanding Liberal, Conservative, NDP, whatever, I think it’s a real boon that Delta has now been reunited as a single community where we don’t have to wonder what MP we go to for this or that,” said Bruce McDonald, who was elected riding vice president.
McDonald said it will be a challenge for all the political parties to pull together the new constituencies, but added that as a Delta council member he’s faced that issue before.
“We have three communities and all of them have a lot of similarities but they also have real divergence and what has to happen is it all gets mixed together,” he said.
Although the next federal election won’t be until Oct. 19, 2015, the federal Conservatives have already indicated that Delta-Richmond East MP and minister of national revenue Kerry-Lynne Findlay will run for the seat. McDonald said the Liberals won’t be looking at fielding a candidate in Delta for at least another six months.
He added the party has done a good job fundraising under the leadership of Justin Trudeau, which has allowed the party to fight negative attack ads which sank former candidates like Stephane Dion and Michael Ignatieff.
The new riding association includes president Syed Shah, treasurer Ryan Campbell, secretary Donna Burke (also a school board trustee), vice chair C.J. Sidhu, policy vice chair Laura Dixon (also school board chair), communications vice chair Arthur David Serry, and membership vice chair Ian Harper.