Tanya Corbet has been acclaimed as the Conservative candidate for Delta in the upcoming federal election.
The riding association made the announcement today.
Corbet is a former council member of the TFN government but did seek re-election this year. Her community involvement includes being a member of Reach Child Youth Development Society board, Delta Hospital and Community Health Foundation board as well as a member of the B.C. Capacity Initiative Council. She also served as vice-chair of the Kwantlen Polytechnic University board and was on the B.C. Treaty Commission.
When she announced she would seek the nomination last month, Corbet explained how she felt now it’s time to take her experience to the national level and represent Delta, adding it’s also time to take the nation out of scandal. She also said Canada needs new leadership to address the needs of Delta.
“I have leadership experience and developed a strong skill set of working within complex governing structures. I believe success is achieved through collaboration, partnership and relationships,” she stated.
Two others had filed for the Conservative nomination but decided to withdraw, said riding association present Sujay Nazareth, who added a couple of other applications were reviewed and not accepted.
Angelina Ireland, who is now running for the People’s Party of Canada in Delta, had applied for the Conservative nomination as well but withdrew a few weeks ago.
Meanwhile, Craig DeCraene is the Delta Green candidate, while the NDP have yet to announce a candidate.
The Delta riding is currently held by Liberal Carla Qualtrough, a key member of Justin Trudeau’s cabinet.
The 2015 election for the newly reconfigured riding, which combined North Delta and South Delta for the first time in a quarter-century, saw newcomer Qualtrough beat Conservative incumbent Kerry-Lynne Findlay by more than 9,000 votes. It remains to be seen if the Conservatives can reverse that fall, especially in South Delta, which had been a Conservative stronghold. Delta in the last election had among the highest voter turnouts at around 75 per cent.
The election will be held Oct. 21.