Team Horgan Gains Prominent Island Supporter

PARKSVILLE—NDP leadership candidate and Juan de Fuca MLA John Horgan announced that Qualicum Beach Councillor and 2nd VP of the Association of Vancouver Island and Coastal Communities, Barry Avis, has joined Horgan’s campaign.

"John is a strong, solid candidate with an impressive track record and I am excited about doing all I can to help elect him as Leader of the BC NDP, “ said Avis.  “He is passionate, pragmatic and trustworthy and, like me, believes in a strong economy, a healthy environment and social justice issues.”

Avis is Chair of both the Finance and Environment Committees for Qualicum Beach and is a Trustee with the Vancouver Island Library Board.  He is an active supporter of the Nature Trust and the Brant Festival.

“John captured my attention when he was speaking about the bounty of our province and the role government has to play in stewarding these resources to best serve the interests of all British Columbians  – not just those of corporations,” said Avis.  “John is leading the charge against the private give-away of our land and rivers.”

“It’s great to be in Parksville today, meeting with members and welcoming Barry to the team,” said Horgan.  “Barry and I share values around managing our resources in the public interest and I look forward to working with him,” said Horgan.

Horgan was in Parksville today as part of an Island tour that started in Campbell River and ends in Nanaimo.  Horgan grew up on Southern Vancouver Island and has lived in Langford, west of Victoria, for the past two decades where he and his wife Ellie raised their sons Nate and Evan. John received degrees from Trent University in Ontario and Sydney University in Australia, and has worked in the House of Commons in Ottawa and in a variety of positions in the provincial public service. Horgan was elected in 2005 and again in 2009, and represents the constituency of Juan de Fuca which ranges from the remote west coast of Vancouver Island to the bustling community of Langford, one of the fastest-growing urban centers in the province.


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