Paul Forseth seeks Conservative nomination for Burnaby-New Westminster

Former Conservative MP Paul Forseth in his Office
Former Conservative MP Paul Forseth in his Office

Well this may not be NEW news as I have seen it reported elsewhere but a conversation today with former Conservative Party New Westminster-Coquitlam MP Paul Forseth confirms that he is seeking the nomination of his party for the next-door riding of Burnaby-New Westminster, where he is a resident.

Procedural difficulty barred him from competing for the nomination of his old riding, a contest concluded this past July by the nomination of Diana Dilworth. While some suspected that shrewd moves led to the nomination process there occurring whilst Forseth was overseas in France (preventing him from filing papers according to the EDA regulations) the four-term former Reform and Conservative MP insists the difficulties were only procedural and not politically motivated.

While a by-election may have been scheduled in the New West-Coquitlam riding (made vacant when NDP MP Dawn Black moved from federal to provincial politics last May), it is expected that a general election will be called soon due to a vote of non -confidence in the current Conservative government of Prime Minister Stephen Harper.  Forseth, echoing the Prime Minister,  told me that is is time to deliver a majority Conservative Parliament to Ottawa, so the business of government can continue.

No other nomination candidates have declared themselves for the Burnaby-New Westminster riding. Forseth comments that while he expects to see one or two others vie for the position, he hopes no one else will.

The Burnaby-New Westminster riding is currently held by NDP MP Peter Julian, who was re-elected with a wide margin in October 2008

UPDATE: As reported on Burnaby Politics (Blog), the Conservative Party nomination for the riding of Burnaby-New Westminster will be contested by Andrew Radia, described as :

a young businessman and columnist. Radia, a first generation Canadian, ran with Coquitlam First in the 2005 municipal election, finishing in 19th place.