Alexandra Morton Declines NDP Offer to Run for Vancouver Island North


From The Courier-Islander – Jan 12, 2011

by Dan McLennan

Outspoken biologist Alexandra Morton will not seek the federal NDP’s
Vancouver Island North nomination. After being approached by the NDP a
week ago, Morton announced her decision Tuesday morning.

the NDP contacted me about running for Vancouver Island North Member of
Parliament, I first said ‘no’ and then I reconsidered it because I’ve
lived in these communities for 26 years and I’ve seen how political
decisions have torn us apart and destroyed us,” Morton told the

“But after six days of over 1,000 people
emailing me – and I’m very thankful for all they said to me because I
learned an enormous amount – I decided that when I spoke, if I became a
political candidate, people wouldn’t know whether it was really my
thoughts and the truth as I see it, or was I supporting the party line,
or was I supporting a caucus member in the hope that they would support
me in another decision. So I decided not to run.”

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About Damien Gillis

Damien Gillis is a Vancouver-based documentary filmmaker with a focus on environmental and social justice issues - especially relating to water, energy, and saving Canada's wild salmon - working with many environmental organizations in BC and around the world. He is the co-founder, along with Rafe Mair, of The Common Sense Canadian, and a board member of both the BC Environmental Network and the Haig-Brown Institute.