This morning, businessman and former federal Conservative political aide Wayne Hunter announced he would be running for the provincial Liberal nomination in North Vancouver-Seymour. This, following news incumbent legislator Dan Jarvis wouldn't be seeking re-election. But former West Vancouver chief constable Kash Heed has been touted as a possible candidate in that riding. So would Mr. Hunter bow out if Mr. Heed were to throw his hat in the race?
"Gosh, that's going be up to the premier, that is going to be up to the party execs - that's a higher pay grade than me," responded Mr. Hunter. "I know there's been a lot of speculation Kash might shift in here. And there's some speculation about Fraserview as well. So I really don't know. I'm not sure anybody knows except Kash himself, perhaps the premier and perhaps Wally Oppal."
The following is a complete copy of the aforementioned announcement.
For immediate release
March 26, 2009
Business Entrepreneur Wayne Hunter Seeks Seymour BC Liberal Nod
NORTH VANCOUVER - Local community volunteer and business entrepreneur Wayne Hunter officially announced today that he is seeking the BC Liberal nomination in North Vancouver-Seymour.
"My highest priority is the economy and that means fighting to save our jobs and our investments while seeking to create new opportunities for the North Shore during these tough times," said Hunter, who recently founded and co-chaired the 2009 North Shore Economic Summit, a private sector initiative which reviewed potential stimulus projects through provincial and federal infrastructure funding.
Hunter is the former President and CEO of a publicly-listed TSX company, eShippers Management Ltd. He currently manages two active private companies, Noble Pacific Investments and a US-based company eShippers Ventures Ltd. He began his career as a political aide in Ottawa and possesses a Master's Degree in International Relations.
"I have decades of business management experience across international borders," added Hunter. "For most of my life, I've had to create my own paycheque. I understand international finance, know what it means first-hand to struggle and succeed in commerce and trade, and I'm committed to working within government to getting the economy back on track."
A long-time community volunteer, Hunter was recently awarded a lifetime honourary membership by the North Vancouver Recreation Commission due to his service with the Rec Commission. He has served with the Parkgate Community Services Society, John Braithwaite Community Centre, and the Centennial Theatre Society. He is also an Executive Member of the Seymour Community Association, Seymour River area coordinator for the TD Canada Trust "Great Canadian Cleanup", and founding President of the Seymour-based 7000-member "Citizens for Responsible Billboard Advertising" (CROA).
As a result of the sudden retirement of current North Vancouver-Seymour M.L.A. Dan Jarvis, a truncated nomination process is expected to take place in the upcoming few weeks.
"We need to give our appreciation for Dan's eighteen years of dedicated community service as our voice in Victoria," said Hunter. "He's done a lot for North Vancouver and he's been our loyal representative through a lot of political history over the past two decades. While his shoes will be tough to fill, I'm confident he will serve as an exemplary mentor for the next M.L.A."
Hunter explains that he would never have been able to seek the nomination if it had not been for the support that he is receiving from across the community including District Councillors, neighbourhood associations, and business leaders.
"My team and I are quickly coming together and working overtime to prepare for the nomination and, more importantly, to get ready for the provincial election to keep B.C. strong in these challenging economic times," concluded Hunter.