Next MLA for Vancouver-Hastings: Raj Sihota or Niki Sharma?

VANCOUVER-HASTINGS is regarded as a very safe NDP riding, and so, with incumbent MLA Shane Simpson, Minister for Social Development and Poverty Reduction, having decided last week not to seek re-election after four terms, whoever wins the NDP nomination would for sure be the next MLA.

Raj Sihota Photo: Facebook

And the two top contenders right now are two well-known South Asian women: NDP Executive Director Raj Sihota and lawyer and former chair of the Vancouver Board of Parks and Recreation Niki Sharma.

Niki Sharma Photo: BCGEU website

Both women have strong political connections and powerful NDPers are already taking sides. We will just have to wait and see – without taking sides – how it all turns out.

All the best to both!


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