Tofino resident seeks NDP nomination in new riding

The New Democratic Party has gained another candidate seeking the nomination in the new federal riding of Courtenay-Alberni.

Gord Johns of Tofino served as a councillor in the village from 2008-2011. From 2010 to July 2014, he was executive director of the Tofino-Long Beach Chamber of Commerce.

He is strongly opposed to increased oil tanker traffic on the west coast.

"With the federal election in 2015, we need a strong, experienced and respected candidate to represent us,” he said. “One that can support our region and restore ethical, equal, and fair Canadian values to government."

Last week, Courtenay councillor Ronna-Rae Leonard announced she would seek the nomination.

The nomination meeting is set for Oct. 19 at the Bradley Centre in Coombs. In order to take part, supporters need to renew their memberships or join the party before Sept. 19.

The successful NDP candidate will be running against John Duncan of the Conservatives.

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