Maple Ridge-Mission MLA Marc Dalton.

Maple Ridge-Mission MLA Marc Dalton.

Mission MLA seeks federal Conservative nomination

Marc Dalton was first elected to office six years ago

Maple Ridge-Mission MLA Marc Dalton will be seeking the Conservative nomination in the Pitt Meadows-Maple Ridge riding in the upcoming federal election.

Current Pitt Meadow-Maple Ridge-Mission MP Randy Kamp announced his retirement from politics almost two weeks ago. Kamp was first elected in 2004 and has served four terms in office.

New boundaries created last year splits the riding Kamp currently represents into Pitt Meadows-Maple Ridge and Mission-Matsqui-Fraser Canyon.

“Since I was a teenager in high school, I’ve had an interest in national politics and a passion for pan-Canadian issues,” said Dalton. “My interest may be traced to my family roots, which on my mother’s side go back to New France, or having grown up in a military family and being posted to radar bases across the country. I’m also Metis on my father’s side and speak French. All of this combined, I believe, gives me a unique perspective on issues that I am passionate about.

Dalton, who worked as a teacher before being elected to office six years ago,  has lived in both communities.

“During my time in office, I have talked to thousands of people across British Columbia whether in my capacity as Parliamentary Secretary for Independent Schools, or on the Finance Committee or visiting resource sector sites,” Dalton noted. “These experiences, and my government involvement will help me to effectively represent my constituents and the people of British Columbia at the federal level.”

Dalton will sit as an independent member of the Legislature during the nomination process, but will continue to support the government. Dalton plans to return to caucus if he is unsuccessful at securing the Conservative nomination.

Earlier this week, Mike Murray, Kamp’s executive assistant, also said he intended to seek the Conservative nomination for the Pitt Meadow-Maple Ridge riding.

Murray grew up in Richmond and has been Kamp’s assistant for four years. He  is also a former pastor.

A date has not yet been set for a nomination meeting.