Halfway through the federal election campaign, we checked in with the candidates looking for your vote in the riding of Port Moody-Coquitlam.
They told The Tri-City News some of their plans, as well as their views on what are emerging as some of the defining issues of this election, from affordability and climate change to taxes and immigration.
NDP: Bonita Zarrillo
A former business analyst, Zarrillo is a three-term Coquitlam councillor last re-elected in October 2018. Her website states that she has been working on issues such as affordable housing, the environment and support for local business. She has also been an advocate for equitable representation of women on public bodies.
Liberal: Sara Badiei
An energy specialist with a masters in engineering, Badiei has worked for projects in Jerusalem and Gaza, and previously worked for the Red Cross analyzing wastewater treatment, according to her website. She moved back to the riding since returning to Canada and launched her campaign.
Conservative: Nelly Shin
A former teacher, Nelly Shin is originally from Ontario, where she was to have run in the Toronto riding of Richmond Hill before she was bumped from the nomination when another candidate changed ridings due to the defection of a federal Liberal candidate to the Conservatives. According to her website, Shin is a musician, composer and conductor, and has been involved in various humanitarian causes.
Green Party: Bryce Watts
Bryce Watts is a Port Moody resident who founded the Forager Foundation and, according to his website, is the managing director and writer with the Forager Media Group, a marketing agency that represents brands that promote cultural diversity and sustainability.
People’s Party of Canada: Jayson Chabot
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