UBCIC Vice-President, Chief Councillor Bob Chamberlin intends to run as new democrat in coming byelection

Chamberlin has long been vocal about protecting the coast. (Coast Protectors photo)

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NANAIMO / COAST SALISH TERRITORY — The Vice-President of the Union of B.C. Indian Chiefs and Chief Councillor to the Kwikwasut’inuxw Haxwa’mis First Nation on Gilford Island has announced his intentions to run as an NDP candidate for the Nanaimo-Ladysmith riding in the upcoming federal byelection.

In a March 20 media release, Bob Chamberlin stated that he wants to see “better results for Canadians from coast to coast to coast, but it’s not going to happen under a Trudeau government.”

He also noted the current government “continually overlooks the practical needs of Canadians just looking to get by and needing to make their lives more affordable.” Born on Vancouver Island, Chamberlin has extensive experience as a Chief Councillor to his nation. He was first elected back in 2005. He was re-elected seven times for two year terms since then.

He’s stepped into the position of Vice-President of the Union of B.C. Indian Chiefs in 2009, having secured many three year terms. “In that position,” the media release stated, “Chamberlin has served as chair of several related agencies, boards and advocated on a range of issues.”

Good Morning Friends,

I am very excited to announce that I will be seeking the 2019 @NDP candidacy in the Federal Riding Of Nanaimo-Ladysmith

I look forward to this journey & meeting with members of the NDP Riding & new friends over the coming weeks! pic.twitter.com/zjfTixRpgV— Chief Bob Chamberlin (@ChiefBobbyc) March 20, 2019

He intends to help the federal new democrats in seeing better results from the current Trudeau administration, especially in regards to issues like healthcare, pharmacare, and affordable housing, the release stated. He also wants to find better ways to protect the coasts by focusing on green technology while also “creating a space to grow the economy in this (Nanaimo-Ladysmith) riding.”

“These are the issues people in this riding care about,” he said, having noted that “building more affordable homes, being able to pay for the prescription drugs you need, having child care you can access and afford” are important issues. “But it’s not going to happen when Mr. Trudeau only listens to the lobbyists and corporate executives who come knocking at his Ottawa door.”

He will kick off his campaign with an open-house in Nanaimo at the Coast Bastion Hotel from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m on March 23, though he still needs to secure his nomination with the NDP electoral district association.

In January, Elections Canada had said that the byelection must be called no later than July 6.