Burnaby gets second Conservative candidate

Burnaby gets its second Conservative candidate and British Columbia gets a second female candidate with a name very similar to the first one, that being the premier herself.

The B.C. Conservative Party will be represented in Burnaby-Lougheed by Christine Clarke, who last year ran unsuccessfully for the party in a by-election held in Port Moody-Coquitlam, the current incarnation of the riding where Premier Christy Clark started out as an MLA.

For the record, the premier spells her last name without an 'e' and her birth name is Christina.

The Conservatives' candidate is described on the party's website as the director and chair of advocacy for the Canadian Skin Patient Alliance and president of the Canadian Association of Psoriasis Patients.

Professionally, Clarke has worked both as a manager and an entrepreneur and has held positions with CompuCollege, A+ Education and IBM Canada.

She took over as the president of the B.C. Conservative Party last November. A Port Moody resident, she has worked on unsuccessful federal Conservative campaigns for Diana Dilworth and Yohan Martin.

According to a Tri-City News story last year, Clarke was previously also a party worker for the BC Liberals, helping candidate Iain Black who won Port Moody-Coquitlam in 2009.

In Burnaby-Lougheed, Clarke will be up against the New Democrats' Dr. Jane Shin, Ken Kramer of the BC Liberals and Darwin Burns of the Green Party of B.C.



The Heights Neighbourhood Association is hosting an all-candidates meeting for the riding of Burnaby North on Thursday, April 25 at Gilmore Community School, 50 S. Gilmore Ave., Burnaby.

Doors will open at 6:30 p.m., and the question-and-answer period will run from 7 to 8:30 p.m. moderated by CBC journalist and Heights resident Bob Nixon.

Hot topics are expected to be pipelines, childcare, Burnaby Hospital, climate change and the provincial senior's advocate.

Childminding and refreshments will be provided.


A second all-candidates meeting for Burnaby North will be held Sunday, April 28, 7 to 9 p.m. at Capitol Hill Community Hall, 361 S. Howard Ave. (at Hastings), Burnaby.

Sponsored by the Civic Association of Iranian-Canadians and Capitol Hill Community Hall Association, it will feature all the riding's candidates: incumbent Richard Lee (BC Liberals), Wayne Marklund (BC Conservatives), Janet Routledge (NDP) and Carrie McLaren (Greens).



Along with Christine Clarke, the BC Conservative's only other candidate in Burnaby is businessman Wayne Marklund in Burnaby North. His campaign office is at 2345 Douglas Road.

Opponent and incumbent Richard Lee of the BC Liberals, is running his campaign out of 201-4199 Lougheed Hwy.

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