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Gower wins NDP nod for Coquitlam-Port Coquitlam

The RCH psychiatric liaison nurse won the vote on Sunday.
Christina Gower at Sunday's nomination meeting.

The federal NDP has its candidate for Coquitlam-Port Coquitlam.

Yesterday (Sunday), members of the constituency association voted PoCo resident Christina Gower to represent the party in the fall race against Liberal incumbent Ron McKinnon and Tory hopeful Nicholas Insley (the Green Party riding executive has set May 30 for its nomination).

Gower was up against John Joseph for the nomination.

Several Tri-City politicians were at the meeting in the City Centre branch of the Coquitlam Public Library including Port Moody-Coquitlam NDP MP Fin Donnelly, who is retiring from politics; PoCo NDP MLA Mike Farnworth, B.C.’s Solicitor General; and city councillors Nancy McCurrach, Laura Dupont and Amy Lubik.

Gower is a psychiatric liaison nurse at Royal Columbian Hospital and a community advocate whose political platform includes healthcare — specifically, mental health and the opioid crisis — housing affordability, environmental stewardship, reconciliation, social inclusion and income inequality.

In the other Tri-City riding of Port Moody-Coquitlam, the federal candidates are Coquitlam Coun. Bonita Zarrillo (NDP) and Sara Badiei for the Liberals; the Conservative electoral district association, which has yet to set its nomination date, has two people seeking the nod: Nelly Shin and Matthew Sebastiani.

The general election is Monday, Oct. 21.