The Green Party has chosen a candidate for Richmond Centre to run in the Sept. 20 federal election.
Laura Gillanders, who has been involved with the group Richmond FarmWatch, has thrown her hat in the ring, running against Alice Wong, five-term Conservative MP.
Gillanders said she’s running in the election because she wants to keep Canadians focused on the climate crisis.
Other declared candidates in Richmond Centre are Winston Miao, running for the Liberals, and Sandra Nixon, the NDP candidate who is also a school trustee and chair of the Richmond Board of Education.
“The climate and health of the planet is the number one issue we all face today,” Gillanders said in an email to the Richmond News. “We see it clearly in B.C. with the catastrophic forest fires we are facing.”
Gillanders said she’s running in Richmond “because we have so much to protect here – in the Fraser River, the floodplain and farmland.”
Richmond FarmWatch was instrumental in fighting the proliferation of mega mansions build in the Agricultural Land Reserve, something the province and Richmond city council finally restricted in 2018.