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COVID-19 convinces former MP to run for B.C. NDP in next provincial election

Last Updated Sep 16, 2020 at 2:19 pm PDT

FILE - Murray Rankin will run for the NDP in the next provincial election. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick)
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The B.C. NDP getting a high-profile candidate in the next provincial election

Murray Rankin, who quit federal politics last year, intends to run for the New Democrats in the Oak Bay-Gordon Head

The Oak Bay-Gordon Head riding is currently held by Andrew Weaver

VICTORIA (NEWS 1130) — A former MP will run for the NDP on Vancouver Island in the next provincial election because of COVID-19.

Murray Rankin, who quit federal politics last year, has announced his intention to run for the B.C. New Democrats in the Oak Bay-Gordon Head riding, around Victoria, when the writ is dropped.

Rankin, a Victoria-based lawyer, was a key player in the SNC-Lavalin hearings, but announced his intention last year to quit federal politics to devote more of his time to work on Indigenous reconciliation files.

“I will be honest: this was not an easy decision. But after listening to the views of many people in our community, I concluded that the stakes were too high to sit on the sidelines. The pandemic has changed all of our lives; the challenges it has created require urgent attention. At a time when people are counting on the government to stand with them, we can’t risk turning back the clock on all progress we’ve made,” he says in a release.

“Above all else, I am looking forward to earning the opportunity to represent you in the legislature. This is my home. I raised my family here. I love it here. And when I served as your MP, the biggest rewards came from helping make life better for this community and all who call it home. With your support, I hope I can continue doing that work.”

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After Rankin announced his resignation, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau made him chair of the National Security and Intelligence Review Agency, whose job is to review any security or intelligence activities of the federal government to make sure they’re legal, reasonable and necessary.

The Oak Bay-Gordon Head riding is currently held by Andrew Weaver, who stepped down as leader of the B.C. Green Party and currently sits as an independent.

Sonia Furstenau was voted as the new leader of the B.C. Green Party earlier this week.