Coun. Laurel Collins intends to run for parliament to replace outgoing MP Murray Rankin (City of Victoria)

Victoria City Councillor Laurel Collins wants to run for parliament

Collins intends to run for an NDP nomination to replace MP Murray Rankin

Victoria City Councillor Laurel Collins plans to run for parliament.

The newly instated councillor has only sat in her role for five months, but announced on Wednesday afternoon that she intends to seek NDP nomination for the riding of Victoria, replacing the outgoing MP Murray Rankin.

Rankin announced on Feb. 28 that he will not be seeking reelection after serving seven years in parliament.

READ MORE: Victoria MP Murray Rankin will not seek re-election

“I’m running for Parliament for many of the same reasons I ran for Victoria council, to tackle the housing crisis and the urgent climate crisis,” said Collins in a statement. “After decades of underfunding, I want a federal government that will support co-ops and affordable housing, a government that will support first time home buyers as well as seniors who want stay in their own homes.”

Collins said that a recent report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) prompted her to jump into federal politics.

ALSO READ: Victoria councillors want permanent residents to get municipal vote

“We need a Green New Deal for Canada. One that delivers substantial investments in manufacturing jobs, affordable and energy efficient housing, which brings us rapidly to a low carbon reality,” Collins said. “We can’t afford to wait. Now is the time to stand up for our communities and to stand up for our coast.”

Collins said she consulted with several MPs, including Murray Rankin, before making the decision.

“It’s a really difficult decision; I love being on city council, I love policy work and love constituency work,” she said.

Collins will continue her work on city council throughout her campaign. So far she has received positive feedback from other city councillors on her decision. In addition to working as a city councillor, Collins teaches social justice and social inequalities at the University of Victoria.

The NDP has not yet scheduled a nomination meeting.

nicole.crescenzi@vicnews.com


Send a Tweet: @NicoleCrescenzi

Like us on Facebook  

Just Posted

Japanese knotweed has come to Sooke, and that’s a problem

Invasive plant is a serious threat to waterways and infrastructure

Every situation is different, jurors hear at coroners inquest into Oak Bay teen’s overdose death

Pediatrician says involuntary treatment necessary following overdose, opioid use

Sooke council pans multiple memorial plaque plan

District should not sell the same bench over and over again, says councillor

Inaugural Sarah Beckett memorial Run raises $20,000 for law enforcement scholarship

Widow calls run, community playground fitting tributes to fallen mom and Mountie

‘The system has fallen apart:’ Victoria woman’s son died a day after being accepted to treatment centre

Victoria man’s body went undiscovered in Victoria parking lot for five days after overdose

VIDEO: Victoria airport guests see dinosaur surprise

Two boys dressed as raptors get a shock when their grandmother comes to greet them

B.C. Ferries vessel breaks down right before long weekend

Horseshoe Bay-Langdale route impacted most, revised schedule adds 4 a.m. sailings

Weather Canada issues thunderstorm alert for coastal Vancouver Island

Severe thunderstorm watch issued around 4:15 p.m. as storms developed over sections of the Island

Nanaimo man gets jail time for posting explicit photos of ex-girlfriends

Man’s name cannot be revealed to protect victims’ identities

North Island thrift store robbed at knifepoint, say RCMP

Suspect fled on bicycle following Tuesday stick-up

RCMP across Canada to soon unionize, according to B.C. mayor

A spokeswoman for RCMP headquarters in Ottawa says it’s not yet a done deal

Explicit sex-ed guide for adults mistakenly given to Creston elementary students

The booklet clearly states online and inside that the guide contains sexually explicit information

Driver has $240K McLaren impounded minutes after buying it in West Vancouver

Officers clocked the car travelling at 160 km/h along Highway 1 in a 90 km/h zone

Most Read