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February 16, 2017

Esquimalt Mayor Barb Desjardins Confirmed as BC Liberal Candidate for Esquimalt-Metchosin


Three-term mayor Barb Desjardins has been officially acclaimed as the BC Liberal candidate for the riding of Esquimalt-Metchosin in the upcoming provincial election.

“I love my community – and after years of serving local residents, I recognize that Esquimalt-Metchosin and the South Island need a strong voice on provincial issues like housing, transportation, and healthcare. I have a proven track record of representing my constituents, often against the odds – and as MLA, I will stand up for the needs of Esquimalt, View Royal, Colwood, and Metchosin with the same regard.”

A physiotherapist and small business owner by profession, Desjardins was elected to Esquimalt council in 2005 and as mayor in 2008. She currently serves as chair of the Capital Regional District. Throughout her elected career, she has been known for her accessibility, collaborative approach, and personal attention to the issues raised by her constituents.

“A tenacious champion for her community, Barb knows what it takes to stand up and deliver results – that’s why I need her on our team to work hard for Esquimalt-Metchosin and the South Island,” said Premier Christy Clark. “For too long, the Island has been taken for granted by the NDP. We’re offering Islanders a stellar team of BC Liberal candidates, and Barb makes that team even brighter.”

Desjardins and her fellow Island BC Liberal candidates met with the Premier last week to discuss the party’s first-ever Island-specific election platform, which is being overseen by Comox Valley MLA Don McRae.

“Our community has come a long way, but we still have much more potential to achieve together,” Desjardins added. “I’m excited for the opportunity to work with a strong Island team of BC Liberal candidates to make sure we continue to create economic opportunity while protecting our environment.”

With the nomination of Desjardins and Surrey-Whalley candidate Sargy Chima, Today’s BC Liberals have now nominated 76 candidates province-wide. The provincial election will be held on May 9, 2017.