The race to carry the Conservative Party banner in Coquitlam-Port Coquitlam in the next federal election has its first candidate.
Coquitlam resident Nicholas Insley has declared his intention to seek the Tory nomination, saying he is concerned with the Liberal Party's "mismanagement of the issues facing our families and community."
In a press release, Insley said he has been active in Conservative politics for a long time, having worked on several campaigns in the Tri-Cities since 2004. He served as director of communications to MP Michelle Rempel when she served as Minister of State for Western Economic Diversification.
Insley studied economics and English literature at the University of British Columbia and received an MBA from the University of Oxford. He currently leads the public affairs team at Seaspan Shipyards in North Vancouver and resides in Coquitlam with his wife and child.
"As a young father, I want to make certain that the next generation of Canadians have the best possible opportunities for success," he said. "That means that we need to make life affordable for families by keeping taxes low and fostering economic and job growth so that we can build safe and prosperous communities."
The Conservative Party has yet to set a date for the nomination in Coquitlam-Port Coquitlam, a seat currently held by Liberal MP Ron McKinnon. The next federal election is scheduled to take place on Oct. 21, 2019.