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Ben Stewart picked by Liberals to run in Kelowna West byelection

FILE PHOTO - Ben Stewart couldn't hold back tears as he announced he was giving up his seat in the legislature for Premier Christy Clark on June 5, 2013. Stewart has won the B.C. Liberal nomination to run in the upcoming byelection in Kelowna West.
September 01, 2017 - 3:02 PM

KELOWNA - Former MLA Ben Stewart will be the B.C. Liberal's candidate in the upcoming byelection in Kelowna West.

Stewart will officially be nominated later this month, according to a media release from the party.

Stewart was elected to the legislature in 2009, and again in 2013. He served as Minister of Citizens' Services, Minister of Community and Rural Development, and Minister of Agriculture.

He also served as the province's special representative in Asia after he gave up his seat for Premier Christy Clark after she lost her riding of Vancouver-Point Grey in 2013. Clark ran in the riding of Kelowna West during this year’s election and won.

"Representing the constituents of Kelowna West and serving British Columbia has been the honour of my lifetime, and I’m humbled by the community's support and this opportunity to serve again,” Stewart says in the release. “My team and I are ready to work hard and win this byelection – now all we need is for the NDP to call it so I can get back to standing up for jobs and a strong economy, here in the Okanagan and throughout B.C.”

Stewart's formal nomination will be Sept. 21 at 6 p.m. at the Westbank Lions Hall.

According to the release, the provincial government has until Feb. 4, 2018 to call the byelection.

Stewart announced his intent to seek the nomination early last month.


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