NDP MP Don Davies will seek reelection in Vancouver Kingsway

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      The NDP's health critic has decided that he'll try for a fourth term in Parliament.

      Don Davies sent out an email tonight inviting supporters to attend the launch of his 2019 campaign in Vancouver Kingsway.

      It will take place at 2 p.m. on Saturday (January 19) at Meridian Hall (4306 Victoria Drive). He'll be joined by NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh, MP Peter Julian, and former MP Svend Robinson, who's trying to make a comeback in Burnaby North–Seymour. 

      In 2015, Davies defeated Liberal Steven Kou by more than 8,000 votes, even though Justin Trudeau's party captured a record number of seats for his party in B.C.

      In 2011, Davies finished more than 10,000 votes ahead of his closest competitor, Conservative Trang Nguyen. 

      Before Christmas, former CTV News at Six anchor Tamara Taggart announced her intention to seek the Liberal nomination in Vancouver Kingsway.

      Davies turned 56 on Wednesday (January 16). During his political career, he's been involved in parliamentary associations with ties to Europe, China, the Philippines, and Armenia.

      He's also been an election observer in the Philippines and toured global health projects in the Philippines.

      In addition, Davies visited China in 2013 where he met President Xi Jinping.

      Don Davies (right) took NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh on a tour of the Downtown Eastside in 2017.
      Travis Lupick

      In Vancouver, Davies is known for his open-minded approach to addressing the "failed war on drugs".

      He's called on the Trudeau government to adopt a health-based approach in response to the growing number of deaths.

      “In 2017, a staggering 4,000 Canadians died from opioid overdoses, an unprecedented 1,400 people in British Columbia alone,” Davies said in Parliament last year. “But this is not an opioid crisis, it is not an overdose crisis. It is a crisis of social isolation and bad drug policy.”