VANCOUVER-CENTRE NDP HAS A NEW CANDIDATE
VANCOUVER-CENTRE N.D.P. HAS A NEW CANDIDATE
Oldtown News is breaking the story that Michael Byers, the Canadian Research Chair in International Law and Politics, is set to announce tomorrow morning at English Bay his intention to seek the federal Vancouver-Centre riding for the NDP.
Professor Byers teaches at UBC and has an impressive resume. According to a number of NDP Van-Centre members who I've spoken with, Mr Byers provides them the best opportunity yet to win the seat Liberal Dr Hedy Fry has held since 1993.
As an academic, Dr Byers obviously is a smart and accomplished man, but whether he is a good fit for this riding, which has a sizable gay population, will be interesting to watch.
Dr Fry has immense popularity in the gay community and Green deputy leader Adriane Carr has been working the gay community as well. Ms Carr is running in Van-Centre and many pundits believe Ms Carr to be running second to Ms Fry.
The NDP candidate for this riding, Randall Garrison, who stepped aside last week is an out gay male and NDP insiders inform Oldtown News that Mr Garrison was having a tough go trying to lure Hedy Fry's supporters.
Mr Byers will find it even more challenging than Mr Garrison since he is without any significant ties to the GLBT community.
Let the race begin.
Jamie Lee Hamilton