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B.C. climate activist Anjali Appadurai enters NDP leadership race

The race to replace John Horgan as the leader of the B.C. NDP is now a two-person contest.

Former Vancouver-Granville NDP MP candidate Anjali Appadurai officially announced her candidacy on Wednesday (Aug. 10).

Appadurai is a prominent climate activist and nearly won the Vancouver-Granville seat, coming with 258 votes of Liberal candidate Taleeb Noormohamed.

Her platform calls for a government that will “put power back in the hands of the people” and solve overlapping crises facing B.C. communities.

“We need a leader who puts the health of people and the planet first,” her campaign website reads.

Appadurai is the only challenger to David Eby, who announced his leadership intentions in July.

Eby is one of B.C.’s most notable politicians, serving in the legislature since 2014 in various roles including his most recent tenure as attorney general and minister responsible for housing. In his speech, Eby noted that he was supported by 48 of the NDP’s 54 sitting MLAs.

Current leader and B.C. Premier John Horgan has said he will step aside to make way for the new leader to become premier, though he will serve the remainder of his term as MLA. He will not seek reelection.

Candidates must submit their application to the party alongside a $15,000 entrance fee by Oct. 4, 2022. Party members will then vote for their preferred leader in mid-November. The new leader will be announced on Dec. 3 before getting sworn in as premier in mid-December.


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