The city’s newest riding was created by taking chunks of Vancouver-Centre (38 per cent), Vancouver-Quadra (18 per cent), Vancouver-South (26 per cent) and Vancouver-Kingsway (19 per cent); ridings that, respectively, voted in two Liberals, one Conservative and one NDPer in 2011.
The district includes all or major portions of the Marpole, Oakridge, Shaughnessy, South Cambie, Fairview and Riley Park-Little Mountain neighbourhoods. Jody Wilson-Raybould became the first MP for the riding in 2015 as a Liberal.
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Here’s who’s running:
Zach Segal is a fourth generation Vancouverite whose family has lived in the city for more than 100 years. Segal holds a bachelor’s degree in political science from UBC and a master’s of arts in international relations from the University of London’s School of Oriental and African Studies. He worked extensively for the federal Conservatives when the party was in power, in the ministries of defence and transportation. Segal is employed by the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation.
Louise Boutin works as a realtor on Vancouver’s West Side and comes from a 20-year background in computer sciences. She ran as a Green candidate in the 2011 federal election in Vancouver-Kingsway, along with a run for school board trustee in the 2011 municipal election. Most recently, Boutin was the Green candidate for Vancouver-Fairview in the 2017 provincial election. Boutin’s volunteer work goes back decades, and she’s aligned those efforts with the Kensington Community Centre Association, Big Sisters and the Alzheimer Society of BC. Boutin’s platform focuses on environmental stewardship, renewable energy and green technology.
Where to begin with Jody Wilson-Raybould? She began her legal career as a crown prosecutor in Vancouver and later served as an advisor at the B.C. Treaty Commission. She’s Canada’s former justice minister and attorney general, and was elected regional chief of the B.C. Assembly of First Nations in 2009. She alleged undue pressure from senior Liberals over the SNC-Lavalin scandal, and resigned from cabinet in February. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau booted her from the Liberal Party in April. Wilson-Raybould, who is married to Dr. Tim Raybould, is a descendant of the Musgamagw Tsawataineuk and Laich-Kwil-Tach peoples. She is a member of the We Wai Kai Nation.
Taleeb Noormohamed is hoping his third time’s the charm. The 42-year-old ran unsuccessfully in the 2011 federal election with the Liberals as the party’s candidate on the North Shore. Noormohamed was vying to be Vision Vancouver’s mayoral candidate in the 2018 election but withdrew his candidacy due to health concerns. Prior to getting involved in politics and business, Noormohamed worked for the Privy Council in Ottawa. In 2005, he was director of the Air India Review Secretariat and senior advisor to Bob Rae. He’s served on numerous boards, including Lions Gate Hospital and Covenant House Vancouver. Noormohamed studied international relations at Princeton University and geography at Oxford University. His campaign talking points are centred on housing, transit and climate change.
Yvonne Hanson’s campaign talking points include climate change, income disparity and affordable housing. At just 24, she’s among the youngest of the dozens of candidates running across Vancouver’s six ridings. Born in Vancouver and raised in Squamish, Hanson moved back to Vancouver after high school to attend post-secondary and earn a degree in political science from Simon Fraser University.
Naomi Chocyk previously worked as a constituency staffer for Jody Wilson-Raybould and is now running against her. Chocyk doesn’t maintain a website listing her background or education. Her Facebook page emphasizes all of the PPC’s main talking points: lower immigration, reduce government spending and lower taxes.