Two-term Member of Parliament to resign his seat
Vancouver – Two-term NDP Member of Parliament Kennedy Stewart announced today he is entering the race to become Vancouver’s next mayor.
“I am happy to announce today I am kicking off my campaign to become the next Mayor of Vancouver. If elected, I will work to make Vancouver a more affordable and equitable place to live, work, and play,” said Stewart. "I have deep roots in Vancouver, rent downtown with my wife Jeanette Ashe, and have worked for the City of Vancouver and several Vancouver community organizations over my lifetime.”
Elected MP for the federal NDP in 2011 as part of Jack Layton’s Orange Wave, Stewart is a tenured associate professor on-leave from Simon Fraser University’s School of Public Policy where he teaches and writes about city politics. He has advised local, provincial, national governments, and the United Nations on housing policy. The seven-year MP has been at the forefront of opposing Kinder Morgan’s plans to build a new pipeline through Metro Vancouver to export unrefined bitumen.
“My campaign will be independent of any one political party, but I want to engage all progressive candidates and organizations in a dialogue to find common ground, and seek solutions to the tough problems facing Vancouver residents,” said Stewart. “We need to work together to reverse this affordability crisis and I hope the people of Vancouver will support my bid to become mayor.”
Stewart also announced he will officially resign his seat as Member of Parliament for Burnaby South upon completion of his outstanding parliamentary commitments.
“It has been an honour to serve the citizens of Burnaby since 2011 as the MP for Burnaby-Douglas and then MP for Burnaby South,” said Stewart. “I am deeply indebted to all residents for their support and have done my best to serve the community to the utmost. I am especially thankful to my federal riding executive and the NDP members who supported me every step of the way.”