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Former Columbia Basin Trust CEO to run for federal Liberals

The federal Liberals have announced Nelson resident Don Johnston as their candidate.

  • May. 27, 2015 7:00 a.m.

The federal Liberals have announced Nelson resident Don Johnston as their candidate in Kootenay Columbia for the federal election expected in October.

Johnston is perhaps best known as the former CEO of the Columbia Basin Trust and Canada World Youth.

Asked why he’s running, Johnston said: “Because I want my Canada back. My Canada is one that is very different form the one Mr. [Stephen] Harper represents. My Canada is one that cares about the role we play on the international stage, and where we return to using our advantages as a middle power to help convene people to help introduce positive dialogue in difficult international discussions.”

Johnston is so far the only West Kootenay-based candidate. The others include incumbent Conservative David Wilks, New Democrat Wayne Stetski, and the Green Party’s Bill Green in the race, all of whom live in East Kootenay.

 

The expanded Kootenay Columbia riding will include Nelson, Salmo, and Kaslo.