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BC United announces MLA candidate for Richmond-Steveston riding

Jackie Lee announced his candidacy on Sunday for the 2024 provincial election.

BC United is gearing up for next year's provincial election with the introduction of their candidate for the Richmond-Steveston riding.

Jackie Lee announced his candidacy on Sunday afternoon at an event at the Canadian Flower Winery in Richmond.

"I came to Canada in 1995, and I've lived in Richmond ever since. And I've lived in Richmond-Steveston since 1997 and this is a place I proudly call it home," said Lee.

He highlighted five main issues for his platform using the acronym "PHASE," which stood for public safety, healthcare, affordability, seniors and childcare and education.

Increasing resources for police and community programs, fast tracking the construction for the new Richmond Hospital wing and "(getting) rid of a lot of different taxes" implemented by the current government are some of the promises Lee made.

He also emphasized the importance of letter grades and childcare spaces.

NDP's Kelly Greene is currently the Richmond-Steveston MLA after she beat Matt Pitcairn from BC United (then known as BC Liberals) in 2020. The seat was previously held by John Yap, who was under the same party as Pitcairn.

"John Yap was an outstanding MLA for this riding, as you well know," said Leader of the Opposition, Kevin Falcon, who said Lee would have "big shoes to fill."

"And I know that Jackie, you're going to do what it takes to make sure we win back the seats. And then we get the province back on track, that we fix our healthcare system, we fix our education system, we get our drug policy right."

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