Retired school counsellor Bill Forst is the new NDP candidate in West Vancouver-Sunshine Coast-Sea to Sky Country.
Currently the president of the NDP riding association, Forst became the NDP candidate after Dana Larsen stepped down suddenly, on Sept. 17. Larsen’s past involvement with the Marijuana Party and old videos available on the Internet showing him taking drugs and driving led to his resignation.
A resident of Gibsons for the past 35 years, Forst has served in the Sunshine Coast Teachers’ Association, the B.C. School Counsellors’ Association, the Sunshine Coast Music Society and is currently president of the Driftwood Players Amateur Theatre Company.
“Throughout my life I have worked on behalf of children and the arts,” Forst said in a release. “That’s why I have always supported the NDP, and am eager to take on the Harper Conservatives.”
Forst ran for the NDP in the 1996 provincial election.
“I look forward to talking with voters in my riding about affordable child care, support for students struggling to pay for their education, and increased support for arts and culture,” Forst said. “These are only some of the important issues which have been abandoned, ignored and eliminated by Harper’s Conservatives — with the help of the Dion Liberals.”