Janzen passes on BC Liberal nomination

Diane Janzen is "stepping down" from her bid for the BC Liberal nomination in Chilliwack-Hope.

Diane Janzen is “stepping down” from her bid for the BC Liberal nomination in Chilliwack-Hope.

In a statement issued Saturday, Janzen said “in the last few weeks there had been a growing concern over her run in the last federal election” as a candidate for the federal Liberal Party.

Janzen told The Progress Monday that the Liberal label could be used against her as a candidate in the strongly conservative riding of Chilliwack-Hope.

“It wasn’t my concern,” said Janzen, known for her conservative fiscal values as a Chilliwack city councillor, “but when it comes to party politics, you have to suspend your own wants for the greater good.”

Janzen said she holds no bitterness toward the BC Liberal party.

“Bitterness is a wasted emotion,” she said. “I have a very meaningful job and a wonderful family to turn to.”

BC Conservative Party leader John Cummins characterized Janzen’s decision, and the decision of a “preferred” BC Liberal candidate in the Port Moody-Coquitlam riding not to run, as “abandoning” the party

“Candidates are abandoning Christy Clark’s Liberal party in key ridings,” Cummins said in a news release.

“Why is the governing party having such a hard time finding qualified people willing to run in seats they won easily in the last election,” he asked.

But Dale Wheeldon, head of the Chilliwack-Hope BC Liberal constituency association, said there are other candidates in the wings, and he has no doubt the party will find a “fantastic” nomination candidate to replace Janzen.

“I’m not the least bit concerned about it,” he said.

Byelections are slated for Chilliwack-Hope following Barry Penner’s resignation, and in Port Moody-Coquitlam following the resignation of BC LIberal MLA Iain Black.

Just Posted

Nominations open for UFV Betty Urquhart Community Service award

Award recognizes those who make community a better place to live

Parent concerned over privacy breach is a candidate for Chilliwack school board

Brian Mielke said sharing of student names with U.S. research firm shows trustees disregarding law

Chilliwack athletes run in the rain at first cross-country race

Dozens of elementary/middle/high schoolers tackled a mucky course next to Twin Rinks last Thursday.

Fraser River First Nations say they aren’t getting their share of sockeye

Shortage is a result of decisions made by DFO, not a shortage of sockeye, complaint says

Chilliwack Chiefs benefit from BCHL Showcase exposure

Carter Wilkie’s first BCHL goal Saturday against Wenatchee earned him talks with several NCAA scouts.

Video: Flyers new mascot ‘Gritty’ a bearded, googly-eyed terror

The Philadelphia Flyers unveiled their new mascot Monday, and as one would expect of the team that gave us the “Broad Street Bullies,” he’s far from cuddly.

Vancouver, Delta police won’t use new roadside saliva test to detect pot

The Dräger DrugTest 5000 is designed to find THC, the high-inducing part of marijuana

Canada aiming for the moon, and beyond, with new space technology efforts

With an eye on future lunar exploration, Canada’s space agency is calling on companies to present their ideas for everything from moon-rover power systems to innovative mineral prospecting techniques.

New Brunswick Premier meets with lieutenant-governor as Tories, Liberals vie for power

New Brunswick Premier Brian Gallant said the only other leader he had spoken with since results came in was Green Leader David Coon.

Trudeau looks to restart Canada’s UN charm offensive in New York City

Freeland says the question of job retraining in the 21st century — and the uncertainty that surrounds it — is the federal government’s central preoccupation.

Calgary mayor seeks person who leaked details of closed-door Olympic meeting

Calgary Mayor Naheed Nenshi says he will ask the city’s integrity commissioner to investigate a leak of details from an in-camera council meeting.

South Surrey boy, 10, to help kids in need

Ronin Bulmer, 10, is going door-to-door asking for donations

B.C. MP Cannings spared brunt of Ottawa tornadoes

MP Richard Cannings was spared the impact of the tornadoes that hit the Ottawa region

Edmonton cannabis company revenues more than triples to $19.1 million

Aurora Cannabis revenues more than triple in fourth quarter

Most Read