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Phillip to seek NDP nom

A Penticton Indian Band councillor is seeking the NDP nomination in the Central Okanagan-Similkameen-Nicola riding for the upcoming federal election. 

Joan Phillip, wife of Grand Chief Stewart Phillip, has been involved in politics since her teens, according to a news release from the local riding association.

She has been the PIB’s lands administrator for two decades, but would like to jump into federal politics.

“She has worked tirelessly to protect the environment and Indigenous rights. Joan has been very successful in building understanding between communities about reconciliation and what it means,” the riding association says.

The nomination meeting for the NDP in the Central Okanagan-Similkameen-Nicola riding takes place May 4, noon to 1:30 p.m. at the Okanagan Regional Library’s Learning Lab in West Kelowna.

If successful in securing the nomination, she will run against Conservative incumbent Dan Albas, who won in 2015 with 39.5 per cent of the vote. Liberal candidate Karley Scott was close behind with 37.2 per cent while the NDP’s Angelique Wood took 19.3 per cent.

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