Cormier taking a stab at federal race

Central Saanich municipal councillor to carry NDP banner in Saanich-Gulf Islands federal riding.

  • Aug. 14, 2015 4:00 p.m.

CENTRAL SAANICH — Central Saanich Councillor Alicia Cormier will carry the NDP banner in Saanich Gulf Islands in the coming federal election.

Cormier will be officially acclaimed at a nomination meeting/campaign launch on Saturday at the Tsawout Community Centre.

“You can count on me to help bring positive change to Ottawa and connect our community to a federal NDP government,” said Cormier. “I am very excited about the opportunity to work with a Tom Mulcair government to deliver on local priorities including climate action, protecting our precious coastline and building partnerships with First Nations.”

Cormier is in her second term as a District of Central Saanich councillor, after being elected in a byelection in 2013. She is the second  Central Saanich politician to attempt to make the leap into a higher level of politics in recent years. Adam Olsen ran for the B.C. Green Party in the last provincial election, placing third in a tight three-way race with the B.C. Liberals and the NDP.

Cormier enters the election period with 30 years of management experience in health care, education, technology, social enterprise, publishing, marketing/sales, small business and non-profit sectors.

“Alicia has a family connection to First Nations people and she understands the vital importance of a solid education for Aboriginal children, as well as a deepening awareness of their traditions,” said Vern Jacks, former chief of the Tseycum First Nation. “She will be a strong voice for ongoing reconciliation with First Nations people.”

Cormier will kick off her campaign this Saturday at the Tsawout Community Centre (7728 Tetayut Rd.) at 2 p.m.

Cormier is a two-term Central Saanich Councillor with 30 years of management experience in health care, education, technology, social enterprise, publishing, marketing/sales, small business and non-profit sectors.

Green Party leader Elizabeth May and Liberal Tim Kane are the other declared candidates in Saanich Gulf Islands.

The Conservative Party association in the riding has not yet announced a candidate.

— Saanich News/with files from the Peninsula News Review

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