Suzanne Anton seeks B.C. Liberal nomination in Vancouver-Quilchena
Suzanne Anton wants to be the next MLA for Vancouver-Quilchena.
The former Non-Partisan Association mayoral candidate announced this morning (October 15) that she will run for the B.C. Liberal nomination in the West Side constituency. The seat is currently held by former finance minister Colin Hansen, who is not seeking reelection in 2013.
"Having spent many years helping make our city a better place, I am excited to be able to focus on representing my own neighbourhood of Vancouver-Quilchena, where I brought up my three children and have lived for the last 21 years," Anton said in a news release.
Lawyer Andrew Wilkinson, a former president of the B.C. Liberal Party and a former deputy minister in the provincial government, is also seeking the nomination.
A former Crown prosecutor and park board commissioner, Anton has a law degree from the University of British Columbia and a mathematics degree from the University of Victoria.
Anton, who served on city council for six years before losing the 2011 mayoral contest to Vision Vancouver's Gregor Robertson, praised the B.C. Liberal government for its "prudent fiscal management".
"We’ve come through the 2008 recession better than most places in the world and the last thing I want to see is British Columbia sliding backwards and repeating the economic mistakes that turned us into a ‘have-not’ province in the ‘90s," Anton said in her release. "With the BC Liberals, our children, our community and our businesses can look forward to a bright future."
In an email to supporters, Anton noted that the B.C. Liberal riding association in Vancouver-Quilchena will select the party's candidate in the "new year".
The next provincial election is expected to take place on May 14, 2013.