Former judge Sundhu receives federal NDP nomination

Bill Sundhu a candidate to become the next Member of Parliament for Kamloops-Thompson-Cariboo

Clearwater resident Fran McRae (l) talks with Bill Sundhu about local issues during a New Democrat nomination meeting held Saturday in the Wells Gray Inn. Sundhu was chosen by acclamation to represent the NDP in the next federal election.

Clearwater resident Fran McRae (l) talks with Bill Sundhu about local issues during a New Democrat nomination meeting held Saturday in the Wells Gray Inn. Sundhu was chosen by acclamation to represent the NDP in the next federal election.

KAMLOOPS – On Saturday, New Democrats met in Clearwater, 100 Mile House, and Kamloops to officially nominate Bill Sundhu as their candidate to become the next Member of Parliament for Kamloops-Thompson-Cariboo.

A former Provincial Court judge, Sundhu is a human rights lawyer who represented Zofia Cisowski in the wake of the death of her son, Robert Dziekanski, after he was tasered at the Vancouver Airport.

“An experienced jurist and committed human rights activist, Bill would be an excellent addition to our caucus and, more importantly, an exceptional community representative,” said NDP Leader Tom Mulcair. “I’m proud to have him on our team.”

In 2011, in addition to the 103 elected New Democrats, NDP candidates in 106 ridings came second to the elected Conservatives. In Kamloops-Thompson-Cariboo the NDP candidate earned 37 percent of the vote – well ahead of the third place Liberal who received less than seven percent.

“I am honoured by the support I have received from the people in this riding,” said Sundhu. “New Democrats here have worked hard over the years to lay the groundwork and I share their commitment and sense of responsibility to fight to make things better, fairer, and more just for all Canadians”