B.C. NDP rounds out slate of Kelowna candidates

Harwinder Sandhu is running for the B.C. NDP Kelowna-Mission riding and Erik Olesen will be representing the B.C. NDP in the Kelowna-Lake Country riding.
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KELOWNA - There are now candidates running for the B.C. NDP in all three ridings in Kelowna ahead of the May provincial election.

The NDP will be represented by Harwinder Sandhu in the riding of Kelowna-Mission and Erik Olesen in Kelowna-Lake Country, according to a media release from the party. Shelley Cook will be taking on Premier Christy Clark in the renamed riding of Kelowna West.

Born in India, Sandhu immigrated to Canada in 2001 with her Canadian husband and lived in northern B.C. for 11 years. She lost her husband to cancer and moved with her two daughters to Vernon in 2012. Originally, Sandhu ran for the NDP nomination in Vernon-Monashee, but lost to Barry Dorval.

As a trained nurse, Sandhu is a strong proponent for health and seniors’ care.

“I’ve seen Christy Clark’s failures to support our children’s schools and her neglect of affordable childcare for young families,” Sandhu says in the release. “Her choices make our healthcare suffer and put our environment at risk.”

B.C. NDP Kelowna-Lake Country candidate Erik Olesen, 26, studied pre-nursing, has worked in the hospitality industry and as a volunteer with people with disabilities and seniors.

“Christy Clark may think part-time, low-wage jobs are good enough, but young people want good-paying jobs that last,” Olesen says in the release. “John Horgan has a plan for a clean-growth economy that will create good sustainable jobs in communities across B.C.”

Sandhu is up against B.C. Liberal incumbent Steve Thomson in the Kelowna-Mission riding along with B.C. Green Party candidate Rainer Wilkins, and B.C. Conservative candidate Chuck Hardy.

In Kelowna-Lake Country, Olesen joins incumbent B.C. Liberal Norm Letnick and B.C. Green Party candidate Alison Shaw.

Provincial election day is May 9. 


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