DON Davies was officially confirmed on Sunday as the NDP candidate for Vancouver Kingsway at a virtual nomination meeting. Davies was first elected as the MP for the riding in 2008, and has been elected four times.
“It’s a true privilege to represent the people of Vancouver Kingsway and to make their voices heard in Ottawa. I am humbled by the trust and confidence they have placed in me to be their representative,” said Davies.
Davies has served in a number of capacities, including NDP critic for Public Safety, Citizenship and Immigration, International Trade and, since 2015, Health. He is also the NDP representative on the National Security and Intelligence Committee of Parliamentarians, the oversight body of Canada’s intelligence community.
“I believe that social, economic and environmental justice are inter-connected. We have a stronger country when everyone is cared for, equality is respected and opportunities are fair for all,” said Davies. “We still have a lot of work to do to make our country better and New Democrats will continue to fight for the things that matter to people.”
Davies has introduced more legislation than any other MP in the country, and spearheaded efforts to expand Canada’s public health care system.
“Canadians are proud of our public health care, but we know that there is much more to be done,” said Davies. “It’s time we made sure every Canadian can get the medicine, dental care and mental health services they need through their health card, not their credit card.”
The NDP said that Davies was nominated after speculation that the federal government will call an election in the spring despite the growing number of COVID-19 cases across the country.
“People’s health and economic needs should be the government’s first priority — not their own political interests. But whenever the government chooses to call an election, we’ll be ready to stand up for Canadians,” said Davies. “I’m proud to be a part of the dedicated team of New Democrats who are working together to create a Canada where no one is left behind.”