Conservative candidate running in Sea to Sky 

Jordan Sturdy, Ana Santos and Ian McLeod vie to replace retiring MLA Joan McIntyre

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The BC Conservative Party named their candidate for the West Vancouver-Sea to Sky riding in the 2013 British Columbia election just before the writ dropped to officially start the campaign on Tuesday, April 16.

The party acclaimed Ian McLeod, a West Vancouver resident who works at the BC Liquor distribution centre in Vancouver, on Friday, April 12.

McLeod ran for the BC Conservatives in the North Vancouver-Lonsdale riding in the 2009 provincial election, where he placed fourth.

"I'd like to win. We need to have lower taxes, responsible government spending; the government is wasting too much money on items that don't really mean anything," he said in an interview.

"I'd like to abolish the Pacific Carbon Trust and the Carbon Tax on gasoline because I think that the money is better spent by consumers rather than by big governments."

His campaign website is not up yet, he said.

McLeod joins two other candidates, Ana Santos of the New Democratic Party (anasantos.bcndp.ca) and Jordan Sturdy of the BC Liberal Party (jordansturdy.ca) in the bid to represent West Vancouver-Sea to Sky, which encompasses Whistler, Squamish West Vancouver and Pemberton.

Andrew Watson of Elections BC said the close of nominations for candidates is at 1 p.m. on April 26.

During the 2009 provincial election there were three candidates, with incumbent MLA Joan McIntyre of the BC Liberals winning her second term of office with 54.75 per cent of the vote.

There will be a free all-candidates forum at The Eagle Eye Theatre in Squamish from 7-8:30 p.m. on Thursday, May 2, sponsored by the Squamish Chamber of Commerce and Sea to Sky Community Services.

In the EKOS/ipolitics.ca poll from April 3 to 10, the NDP led with 39.3 per cent, followed by the BC Liberals with 27.3 per cent, the Green Party with 16.2 per cent, the Conservative Party of BC with 13.4 per cent, and 3.8 per cent with Other.

The four-week campaign runs until election day on Tuesday, May 14.

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