Trevena endorses Horgan for NDP leadership post

North Island MLA backs Juan de Fuca candidate for party's April election

North Island MLA Clair Trevena has endorsed Juan de Fuca MLA John Horgan for the NDP’s provincial leadership post, she said in a press release Friday.

Horgan is one of five candidates for the party’s vacant leadership spot, which opened when Carole James stepped down in December under pressure from more than a dozen dissident MLAs.

“Many people have been asking whom I will be supporting and that has been a difficult decision,” Trevena wrote. “In the end I have decided I will be voting for John Horgan. He realizes both the contribution and the needs of our rural and resource-based communities. He’s not afraid to say that we need logging – but that old growth is more valuable left standing than on the back of a truck. He’s forthright in emphasizing the need for public power and public control of public resources. He sees what our communities need and will champion those needs.”

Horgan is running against fellow leadership candidates Adrian Dix, Mike Farnsworth, Dana Larsen and Nicholas Simons. The leadership vote is scheduled for April 17.