Judith Wilson will be federal NDP candidate 

Gibsons lawyer Judith Wilson will represent the NDP in West Vancouver-Sunshine Coast when the next federal election is called.

Approximately 75 NDP members attended a nominating meeting in Sechelt on Oct. 23, at which Wilson debated challenger, Dana Larsen. Over 200 mailed in votes were tallied.

Wilson has lived in Gibsons for 20 years, during which she has served on the school board, the B.C. Benefits Appeal Board and Sunshine Coast Community Services. On weekends, she is a soccer mom to her 14-year-old son, Nicholas.

A federal election is expected in the spring. John Weston is the Conservative candidate in West Vancouver-Sunshine Coast. Blair Wilson will again be the Liberal candidate. Blair Wilson gave Conservative MP John Reynolds a tough fight in the 2004 election.

Reynolds has since announced he will not seek re-election.

Politics is not new to Wilson, as she has managed high profile campaigns in New Brunswick, and on the Sunshine Coast.

Said Wilson, "I am enthusiastic because this is a whole new opportunity with John Reynolds gone from the riding and with the fabulous performance of our federal caucus under Jack Layton’s leadership in delivering positive results to Canadians during this minority government.

"Paul Martin’s Liberals have lost the moral authority to govern. They have shown themselves far more interested in sustaining their corporate cronie than in sustaining the Kyoto Accord, or preserving universal public health care. I believe that many voters who have traditionally voted Conservative in the "red Tory" tradition will see Stephen Harper’s approach as inconsistent with the core values of tolerance and social security which define our Canada."

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