Nanaimo – Tony Harris issues the following statement:

“Since it was known Leonard Krog was likely to run for Mayor of our City, the BC NDP were working behind the scenes to ensure their federal friend and insider, Nanaimo-Ladysmith M.P. Sheila Malcolmson, would vacate her federal post and move into the provincial job – potentially triggering a costly federal by-election.

While the NDP were busy maneuvering inside the party to ensure their hand-picked candidate would run for the provincial seat in Nanaimo, I was out talking to Nanaimoites about concerns and ideas that matter to them — issues such as the need for new investments in health care, improved transit and transportation options, ways to collaboratively address our homelessness challenges, and ensuring Victoria isn’t over-burdening Nanaimo residents with unfair taxes.

Now that Leonard Krog is Mayor, the NDP’s gamesmanship continues. They aren’t talking about real issues and ideas to help improve our city, and they don’t care how much another by-election will cost the taxpayers.

They are solely focused on making this election strictly about provincial politics, and hoping a campaign focused on fear and smears will keep them in power.

I believe the hard-working families of Nanaimo will notice the games they are playing and I’m confident that Hub City voters are ready for a new voice in Victoria – a local, homegrown voice that’s focused on big, bold ideas and motivated by one thing, and one thing only – to help make our city even better place for all of us to live, work and play.

I’m running and asking voters for a chance to serve – hire me and I’ll work my tail off.  As voters in Nanaimo, you have a tremendous opportunity right here in front of you to send a new voice to Victoria for the better this by-election. 

I want to assure everyone in Nanaimo that I will be an MLA for each and every one of you, and I’m asking for your support.”

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