Surrey MLA Sue Hammell denies involvement in Forward B.C. NDP
Influential New Democrat Sue Hammell says that her family isn’t as political as the famous Trudeaus.
The five-term Surrey-Green Timbers MLA and former NDP cabinet member was responding to chatter that she’s preparing to pass on the mantle to her only child, Sage Aaron.
Aaron is the face of Forward B.C. NDP, a group whose emergence in September has triggered talk that it’s a Hammell creation whose unstated objectives include boosting her daughter’s public profile.
“I guess people often do think of families like Trudeau and then the young Trudeau, and that families tend to share interests,” Hammell told the Straight by phone, referring to the late Liberal prime minister Pierre Trudeau and his son Justin Trudeau, now leader of the Liberal Party of Canada.
She dismissed as “absurd” speculation that she’s setting the stage for Aaron to succeed her in Surrey-Green Timbers either in the next provincial election in 2017 or through a byelection.
“My daughter is her own person as I have learned over the years,” the Official Opposition deputy house leader said. “And she makes her own decisions, and she has told me over and again that she has no interest in electoral politics.”
As to her supposed role in Forward B.C. NDP, Hammell said: “I don’t even know anyone beyond my daughter and a few others. Like I probably know about three or four people who are involved. So I’m not behind Forward.”