NDP to acclaim Finnis as federal candidate

Long-time former Summerland councillor gets NDP nod.

A former Summerland councillor will be the  New Democratic Party candidate in Okanagan-Coquihalla in the next federal election.

David Finnis will be acclaimed at the riding association’s nomination meeting March 26 at the Penticton Library.

“I’m just frustrated with what is happening in federal politics,”  Finnis told the Summerland Review last week, prior to learning he will be acclaimed as the candidate.

He cited a number of grievances against the Conservative minority government of Prime Minister Stephen Harper, and accused the prime minister of disrespecting parliament.

“We need transparency and honesty in our government to support the democratic system which facilitate the participation of all Canadians,” said Finnis, who has served three terms on Summerland municipal council.

Finnis will enter a race that could come as early as this week if all three Opposition parties vote against the federal budget. The budget is scheduled to be handed down Tuesday.

It will also be a race without a familiar face.

Conservative incumbent Stockwell Day has announced he will not see re-election after five terms in office.

Penticton councillor Dan Albas and West Kelowna businessman Rusty Ensign have both announced they plan to seek the Conservative nomination in the riding.

Finnis—who said he was counting on running against Day—said Day’s announcement surprised him.

Finnis said he expects that Day’s resignation will “level the playing field” heading into the election race.

In the last federal election, Day took 58 per cent of the vote, easily outdistancing the second-place NDP candidate.

Still, Finnis considers his chances of winning the election “excellent” with Day out of the race.