Esquimalt, B.C. – Esquimalt-Juan de Fuca Member of Parliament Randall Garrison announced September 12 that he will seek the New Democratic Party nomination in the new riding of Esquimalt-Saanich-Sooke for the upcoming federal election.
“Every day I see more evidence of how Mr. Harper’s out of touch policies and mismanagement are making life harder for Canadians. Every day I see the values that have made Canada a great nation being eroded. That is why I have decided to seek re-election as the NDP candidate in Esquimalt-Saanich-Sooke,” Garrison said.
“My pledge to voters is to continue delivering practical results for local people no matter what the makeup of the next Parliament,” Garrison promised. “This community needs improved retirement security, more fairness for veterans, and greater recognition of the value of diversity. I also pledge to continue working hard for protection of the environment. This means continuing to fight for protection of the southern resident killer whales and against any expansion of tanker traffic on our coast,” Garrison said.
“It has been a great privilege to serve my constituents over the past four years and I want to continue working for them and for a Canada which is more equal, more affordable, more sustainable and a force for peace on the international stage,” Garrison said.
As the result of the redistribution, Langford and Highlands will join the new riding of Cowichan-Malahat-Langford. The rest of Esquimalt Juan de Fuca will be joined with an additional portion of Saanich to make up the new riding of Esquimalt-Saanich-Sooke.
Garrison was first elected as a Member of Parliament in May of 2011. He previously served as a Councillor in the municipality of Esquimalt and spent two decades teaching criminal justice and political science at Camosun College. He continues to reside in Esquimalt with his partner, Teddy Pardede.