Fin Donnelly seeks Coquitlam-Burke Mountain BC NDP nomination

Long-time MP moves out of a brief retirement to get back into politics — this time at the provincial level

A long-time federal MP and Coquitlam councillor is throwing his hat into the provincial arena.

Fin Donnelly announced today he is seeking the NDP nomination for Coquitlam-Burke Mountain, a seat currently held by the Joan Isaacs of the BC Liberals. 

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In a press release, Donnelly stated he wants to get back into politics to “provide strong leadership for his community.”

In a Tri-City News profile in 2019, Donnelly stated he was changing his focus from working as a politician to working directly with groups trying to protect the Fraser River.

It appears he has since changed his mind, as the press release notes he wants to run for office with “John Horgan and his NDP team” if his nomination bid is successful. Among the issues he cites are affordable housing, childcare access and building schools for the growing community.

Burke Mountain is a newly developing area in Coquitlam and the demand for new schools has been strong.

Donnelly served as a member of Coquitlam council from 2002-2009 and as member of parliament for Port Moody-Coquitlam and New Westminster-Coquitlam from 2009-2019 before stepping down from federal politics last year. 

“I’m excited about the opportunity to represent Coquitlam-Burke Mountain in the Legislature and be part of a government that puts people first,” Donnelly further stated in the press release. 

“I’m proud of the leadership John and his team have shown during these challenging times. Together, we can build our community and province back better than ever.” 

The date of the nomination meeting hasn't been announced or if there are others in the running.

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