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Svend Robinson officially running for NDP in Burnaby North-Seymour

Last Updated Jan 19, 2019 at 4:06 pm PDT

(Lasia Kretzel, NEWS 1130 Photo)

The federal NDP have officially nominated Svend Robinson

BURNABY (NEWS 1130) — After more than a decade away from politics, former NDP MP Svend Robinson has officially been nominated to run in Burnaby North-Seymour.

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He won the nomination earlier this afternoon with support from Federal NDP leader Jagmeet Singh and environmentalist David Suzuki.

Robinson says he wants to tackle a number of issues in the riding, but his main concerns surround climate change and the housing market.

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He represented a riding in the Vancouver area for 25 years before leaving politics in 2004 after admitting to stealing a diamond ring from an auction. He received a conditional discard, saying he was suffering from a mental illness at the time.

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Since then, he’s been spending time working in Switzerland working with the Global Fund to fight Aids.

The riding he previously represented now includes the Seymour part of North Vancouver, which has traditionally been a difficult are to gain support for the NDP.

With files from Hana Mae Nassar, Lasia Kretzel