B.C. Liberals nominate ex-citizenship judge Trang Nguyen to run against Adrian Dix

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      The former leader of the B.C. NDP will be challenged by a former refugee who has worked as a reporter, pain therapist, citizenship judge, and court reporter.

      Trang Nguyen has been nominated as the B.C. Liberal candidate in the provincial constituency of Vancouver-Kingsway. Since 2005, it's been represented in the legislature by Adrian Dix.

      “I’m running so that I can advocate for the needs and priorities of people in Vancouver-Kingsway,” Nguyen said in a party news release. “By creating nearly 5,000 affordable housing units, enabling more people to buy their first home through the BC Home Partnership, and making record investments in health care and education, today’s B.C. Liberals are making a real, positive difference for Vancouver residents.”

      In 2011, Nguyen was the Conservative candidate in Vancouver Kingsway in the federal election, losing to New Democrat Don Davies.

      In an interview that year with thecommentary.ca's Joseph Planta, she said that she arrived in Canada in 1979 after her family tried nine times to flee Vietnam.

      On their final attempt, they reached Malaysia, where they remained for a year before being sponsored by the federal government to come to Canada.

      In 2013, then Conservative citizenship and immigration minister Chris Alexander appointed her as a citizenship judge, a position she held until last year.

      Nguyen has also worked for Channel M (now Omni TV) and Fairchild TV, and run a small business offering the Bowen technique for pain relief.

      The next provincial election is scheduled on May 9.

      In 2013, Dix defeated B.C. Liberal candidate Gurjit Dhillon in Vancouver-Kingsway by more than 3,800 votes.