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Donnelly to seek nomination in new Port Moody-Coquitlam riding
The days of Fin Donnelly photo-ops along the New Westminster banks of the Fraser River will soon be over.
The Member of Parliament for New Westminster-Coquitlam and Port Moody announced Tuesday he will seek the NDP nomination for the new Port Moody-Coquitlam riding in the next federal election.
The new riding was one of several ones created or changed in British Columbia by the Federal Electoral Boundaries Commission earlier this month. The new riding includes the existing riding's boundaries in Coquitlam and Port Moody, adding the rest of Port Moody as well as Anmore and Belcarra. New Westminster and a small corner of southeast Burnaby will comprise the new riding of New Westminster-Burnaby for the 2015 federal election.
Donnelly, who was born in New West, famously swam the length of the Fraser River twice to raise awareness about environmental issues along its watershed. He launched his political career in 2002 as a city councillor in Coquitlam, serving two terms before entering federal politics. He lives in Coquitlam.
"I have enjoyed representing the community and constituents of New Westminster, and I will continue to do so until the next election," said Donnelly. "I am very grateful for their support over the past four years."