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Tofino man wins NDP nomination

Gord Johns is the former executive director of the Tofino-Long Beach Chamber of Commerce

Local members of the federal New Democratic Party have chosen Gord Johns, the former executive director of the Tofino-Long Beach Chamber of Commerce, as their candidate to take on the Conservatives in Courtenay Alberni in 2015.

In 2011, in addition to the 103 New Democratic MPs elected, NDP candidates came second to Conservatives in 106 other ridings, including both of the ridings that are now encompassed by Courtenay Alberni. The new riding includes the communities of Parksville Qualicum Beach.

"Gord's uniquely diverse experience includes a deep understanding of business and a profound commitment to protecting the environment," said NDP Leader Tom Mulcair, through a news release issued by the local NDP. "Gord has already shown himself to be a strong public servant and there is no question he is an exceptional addition to our team, as we prepare to defeat Stephen Harper's Conservatives."

Born and raised on Vancouver Island, Johns now lives in Tofino with his family. He served three years as a member of Tofino council and is the founder of the highly successful Tofino Ambassador Program. "It's an honour to receive the support of so many; today and throughout this nomination," said Johns. "I've met neighbour after neighbour over the last number of months who are ready for a change. They want a government that will protect us from oil tankers and put the needs of our families ahead of big oil. Tom Mulcair and the NDP can be that government."

Cabinet minister John Duncan is running for the Conservative Party of Canada.

— NEWS Staff/Courtenay Alberni NDP