John Duncan, Member of Parliament for Vancouver Island North, Minister of State and Chief Government Whip, announced today that he will seek the Conservative nomination in the newly configured riding of Courtenay – Alberni for the next federal election.

“Choosing where to run has been a difficult decision for me,” said Duncan. “The splitting of Vancouver Island North as a result of the recent changes to the federal electoral boundaries was unexpected and I have strong connections throughout both of the new ridings.”

Duncan has represented northern Vancouver Island communities as a Member of Parliament since 1993.

In addition to representing the Comox Valley since 1997, he previously lived in Ucluelet and Port Alberni during his 20 year career as an operational forester.

“I understand the challenges on both the West and East coasts of Vancouver Island and look forward to representing the diversity of communities and interests in the Courtenay – Alberni riding,” said Duncan. “I am also confident in the ability and commitment of Laura Smith, who has decided to seek the nomination in Vancouver Island North – Comox – Powell River, and this has given me a great deal of comfort in making this decision.”

-Contributed by John Duncan MP