In B.C., David Eby announces his candidacy to succeed Premier John Horgan

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In BC, David Eby announces his candidacy to succeed Prime Minister John Horgan

David Eby announced on Tuesday, July 19, in front of friends and colleagues in Vancouver, his candidacy for the leadership of the NDP in British Columbia.

David Eby, the current Attorney General and British Columbia's Housing Minister, officially enters the race to become the next New Democratic Party (NDP) leader in December.

He declared himself a candidate on Tuesday evening in front of friends and colleagues, in his riding of Vancouver-Point Gray, in the Kitsilano neighborhood of Vancouver. A campaign site was launched simultaneously.

“I would like to thank the 48 MPs who support me [in this race].

— David Eby, NDP leadership candidate in British Columbia

48 of 57 NDP MPs support David Eby, including Ravi Kahlon , Adrian Dix, Murray Rankin, Sheila Malcolmson, Jennifer Whiteside and Mike Farnworth.

Health Minister Adrian Dix was full of praise Tuesday night for David Eby and his extraordinary record on issues like housing and ICBC.

“David Eby is a great candidate…I'm very proud to support him…David will connect with people all over BC.

—Adrian Dix, BC Minister of Health

At the beginning of his speech, David Eby wanted to tell anecdotes about his happy childhood in Ontario and the values ​​advocated by his parents, teacher and lawyer, which he now tries to pass on to his two children, with his wife.

Recognizing his privileges, David Eby explained that he wanted to campaign in his career for those who did not have the same opportunities as him. Every child in our province, every parent, every grandparent, every person deserves the kind of opportunity, safety and security that I enjoyed with my family growing up.

David Eby paid tribute to John Horgan, a mentor and the state of the province's economy, a leader in the country. But above all he listed the current challenges, and in the first place the housing crisis, a very serious problem, adding that he wants more provincial support for fast-growing communities, and generational equity.

David Eby says he has been encouraged by many colleagues to get into the race to continue the work led by John Horgan.

Its intention is to build climate-friendly homes across the province, especially for the middle class. “Access to housing is just not up to par with what it should be.”

Since the announcement of John's withdrawal Horgan from political life, the prospective candidates withdrew one by one from the race, seeming to leave a boulevard to David Eby.

David Eby says he was encouraged by many colleagues to rush to continue the work led by John Horgan. A fortnight ago, I didn't think about that. Now, David Eby is celebrating the diverse team he has assembled around his candidacy and says he plans to travel throughout British Columbia in the coming weeks.

David Eby, 44, is a trained lawyer and former executive director of the British Columbia Civil Liberties Association. He has also served as Adjunct Professor of Law at the University of British Columbia, Chair of the HIV/AIDS Legal Network, and served on the Health and Social Development Committee of the Vancouver Foundation.

The lawyer has also spent years advocating for the Pivot Legal Society to protect the human rights and dignity of homeless and under-housed residents of Vancouver's Downtown Eastside. In 2010, he was awarded the Renate Shearer Award for Commitment to Human Rights by the United Nations Association in Canada and the British Columbia Human Rights Coalition.

For me, the most obvious candidate is David Eby, declared at the end of June to Radio-Canada the professor of strategy and economics at the Sauder School of Business at the University of British Columbia, Adam Pankratz.

David Eby is notably the main actor in the reform of automobile insurance in the event of an accident and he has made the fight against money laundering silver one of his hobbyhorses by launching the Cullen Commission of Inquiry in 2019.

With information from Timothé Matte-Bergeron and Meera Bains

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