Mable Elmore has snagged the support of a political matriarch in her quest to become the next NDP MP for Vancouver East.
Margaret Mitchell, who represented the riding from 1979 to 1993, has endorsed the former transit operator and current NDP MLA in Vancouver-Kensington.
"I'm impressed by Mable and I think she'll be a terrific MP," Mitchell said in a statement. "Mable has my full support for the nomination in Vancouver East."
Elmore has also been endorsed by former interim B.C. NDP leader Dawn Black and former NDP municipal affairs minister Darlene Marzari.
After Mitchell was elected, she found herself at the centre of a national controversy when she raised the issue of domestic abuse in Parliament.
She said that one in 10 Canadian men regularly beat their wives, prompting male MPs to start laughing and heckling her.
Mitchell replied, "This is no laughing matter."
It helped elevate this issue.
Mitchell was also the first MP to raise the issue of redress for the Chinese head tax.
Elmore said she's thrilled to have the support of Mitchell.
"She's a strong woman who is highly respected and passionate about many issues," Elmore said in a news release. "She was a fearless advocate and I'm committed to carrying on the fight for equality and social justice that she pioneered in Ottawa."
On Sunday (March 22), NDP members in Vancouver East will choose their candidate in the next federal election.
Voting takes place from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Vancouver Technical secondary school.
Elmore is running against Vancouver–Mount Pleasant NDP MLA Jenny Kwan and SFU Vancouver public-relations director Scott McLean.
The incumbent, Libby Davies, has announced that she won't seek reelection after 17 years in Parliament.