On Monday (July 18), the B.C. Liberals will choose a candidate in one of Vancouver's wealthier constituencies.
Lawyer Bob Kasting and social entrepreneur James Lombardi are hoping to come out on top in the party's contested nomination in Vancouver–Point Grey. They will each deliver speeches to party members at the University Golf Club in the late afternoon.
The seat has been held by NDP housing critic David Eby since 2013, when he defeated Premier Christy Clark.
Former premier Gordon Campbell was the MLA from 1996 until his retirement in 2011. Prior to Eby, the last New Democrat to take the constituency was former city councillor Darlene Marzari in 1991.
Kasting ran a quixotic campaign for Vancouver mayor in 2014 before dropping out shortly before the election. He endorsed NPA candidate Kirk LaPointe, who lost to incumbent Gregor Robertson.
Kasting is a former Olympian and former president of the Vancouver Pacific Swim Club.
Lombardi used to work for Craig and Marc Keilburger's Free the Children charity and was director of We Day. It inspires young people by featuring celebrity speakers at stadium events. Lombardi is also the founder of Minded Projects, which his website describes as "an innovative Vancouver startup that supports purpose-driven brands and non-profits in deepening their social impact".
Lombardi's bio reveals that he speaks Italian and "Brazilian Portugese" in addition to English. He's been endorsed by influential B.C. Liberals May Brown, Wendy Lisogar-Cocchia, and Lorne Segal, as well as by Aran Cheema, president of the UBC B.C. Young Liberals.