Nanaimo — Tony Harris, BC Liberal candidate in the upcoming provincial by-election, issued the following statement on today’s Ecole Hammond Bay Elementary announcement by the NDP education minister:

“I said from the outset of this campaign that Nanaimo should matter all the time, not just during a by-election and I warned voters to expect the NDP to insert cynical politicking into the process.

On Monday, Michelle Ney, Sheila Malcolmson and I met with School District 68 officials to learn more about the challenges they are facing and their priorities. One of those priorities brought forward was the classroom issue at Ecole Hammond Bay Elementary School, and all three candidates agreed that this was a project worth championing.

But unlike Michelle Ney and I, Sheila chose to make this a political issue by releasing a statement just yesterday suggesting she would be calling on the Education Minister to fund this project. Today, Minister Fleming conveniently appeared in Nanaimo to make the announcement.

While this is a welcome announcement, I’ve said repeatedly that it shouldn’t take a by-election for Nanaimo to be heard.

I promised not to play political games with our community during this campaign – Nanaimo deserves honest and straightforward leadership. This wasn’t how Leonard Krog served our community, and it won’t be how I will either.

I’m running because we need a leader with integrity and passion for our community. I believe I’m that person and January 30 is a chance to finally get Nanaimo the attention it deserves. It’s a tremendous opportunity to put Nanaimo back on the map where it belongs and ensure we start getting our fair share of attention and investment.

I’m asking for Nanaimo’s support. Hire me and I’ll work my tail off for you.”

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