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Delta North MLA Ravi Kahlon endorses David Eby for B.C. premier

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MLA Ravi Kahlon endorses front runner David Eby to run for BC NDP leadership
Jobs Minister Ravi Kahlon will not be running to become the next leader of the BC NDP, throwing his support behind another big name. Legislative bureau chief Keith Baldrey has more on the big announcement Wednesday morning that essentially ends the leadership race – Jul 6, 2022
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MLA Ravi Kahlon endorses front runner David Eby to run for BC NDP leadership
Delta North MLA Ravi Kahlon has now weighed in on potentially running for the leadership of the BC NDP following the resignation of Premier John Horgan last week.

He says it is not the right time for his family but he is endorsing another potential candidate.

“I have reached out to David Eby, I called him last night. I am encouraging him to run for leadership. He would make a fantastic premier and if he were to choose to run, I would support him 100 per cent,” Kahlon told Global News.

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“He’s compassionate, he’s thoughtful, and he’s delivered big things for this province already.”

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Read more: John Horgan is leaving. Who might be the next premier of British Columbia?

The BC NDP has been John Horgan’s party since 2014.

It’s not just because he’s been the leader since then, but because he has left his mark on everything the party has done to get and maintain power.

Now that the 62-year-old has announced his intentions to step down, the province’s New Democratic Party will hold what’s expected to be a hotly contested leadership battle this fall.

Read more: John Horgan to step down as B.C. premier, asks party to hold fall leadership race

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The 44-year-old Vancouver-Point Grey MLA David Eby has been leading B.C.’s effort to curb widespread and systemic money laundering in casinos, overhaul ICBC and address the ongoing housing crisis.

He has strong connections to political organizers in Vancouver and is growing a support base beyond that.

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— with files from Richard Zussman.

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