Former Beach MP pushes for new province

A former Beach MP wants Vancouver Island to become its own province.

Robin Richardson

Robin Richardson, who represented the Beaches riding as a Progressive Conservative from 1979-1980, the first year for the newly-created riding,  has founded the Vancouver Island Party, calling for the establishment of Vancouver Island as Canada’s newest province.

The party is seeking candidates to run in the May 2017 provincial election in BC and said its mission is to “benefit more fully Vancouver Island as a region of British Columbia economically, socially, environmentally and culturally, and … to establish Vancouver Island as a province of Canada as soon as possible.”

Its platform calls for lower or free tuition, preferential hiring for Vancouver Island students, and improved health care.

“Our beloved Island’s distinct way of life is under threat from severe climate change, federal and provincial government indifference and economic, social and environmental injustices,” Richardson said in a news release.

Richardson, an economist and pastor who has been involved in conservative political campaigns throughout his political career, said the party is “centrist in nature.”

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