The provincial New Democrat nomination race in Burnaby-Willingdon has been narrowed to just two candidates. This, after David Myles, who ran in the riding during the last election and lost, informed constituency members he would be shuttering his campaign to endorse Chinese media commentator Gabriel Yiu. Mr. Myles had been under pressure for party headquarters to step out of the race. Failed Vancouver-Kensington nomination candidate Umendra Singh is Mr. Yiu's sole remaining opponent. The following is a complete copy of Mr. Myles' withdrawal statement, which was sent out on Friday.
Statement from Dave Myles
February 11, 2005
After careful consideration and discussion with fellow New Democrats and other members of my community, I wish to withdraw my name from the contest for nomination as the NDP MLA candidate for Burnaby-Willingdon.
Over the last few years I have worked very hard to make sure that the people in this community have the opportunity to elect a representative who will stand up for their concerns and stand up to Gordon Campbell on May 17th. My decision to step down is based on my belief that Gabriel Yiu is the candidate who can best represent the needs and diversity of this growing community and defeat the sitting Liberal MLA.
I am very excited by Mr. Yiu's experience in the community and his solid belief in the values of the NDP. He has worked hard to reach out to new supporters throughout the province, and I know that he will continue to work hard as he holds Gordon Campbell and the Liberals to account for years of broken promises, increased taxes and fees, and cuts to key public services.
I look forward to continuing my work on behalf of the people in my community by working to elect my colleague Gabriel Yiu.
Dave Myles (Burnaby-Willingdon NDP MLA candidate)