Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Nanaimo-Ladysmith byelection candidate Michelle Corfield walk along Nanaimo’s harbourfront walkway on March 25. (Nicholas Pescod/NEWS BULLETIN)

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Nanaimo-Ladysmith byelection candidate Michelle Corfield walk along Nanaimo’s harbourfront walkway on March 25. (Nicholas Pescod/NEWS BULLETIN)

Prime Minister Trudeau comes campaigning in Nanaimo

A day after announcing a May 6 byelection date for Nanaimo-Ladysmith, Justin Trudeau visits city

Canada’s prime minister was greeted by dozens of people while strolling along Nanaimo’s Harbourfront Walkway today.

PM Justin Trudeau was in the Harbour City on Monday as part of an effort to drum up support for Michelle Corfield, who was recently announced as the Liberal Party’s candidate in the upcoming byelection for the Nanaimo-Ladysmith riding. The byelection will take place on May 6.

Trudeau and Corfield walked along the walkway where they briefly chatted and took photos with passers-by. Trudeau used the opportunity to introduce Corfield to many of the people he met during his stroll.

In front of a picturesque backdrop, the prime minister and Corfield chatted briefly in front of more than 15 reporters but didn’t take any questions from the media.

Corfield, chairwoman of the Port of Nanaimo, won the Liberal Party of Canada nomination on March 16.

Other confirmed byelection candidates include: John Hirst of the Conservatives, Paul Manly of the Green Party and Jennifer Clarke of the People’s Party of Canada. The NDP has not yet selected a candidate; Lauren Semple and Bob Chamberlin are seeking the nomination.

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Earlier on Monday, the prime minister was in Maple Ridge touting recently announced measures to help first-time home buyers. Yesterday he was in Vancouver and delivered a campaign-style speech as he introduced Vancouver Kingsway candidate Tamara Taggart. Later tonight he will be in Winnipeg at a party fundraiser.

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-files from the Canadian Press







nicholas.pescod@nanaimobulletin.com 
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