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Birch wins Conservative nomination

Salmon Arm’s Tom Birch addresses a crowd of B.C. Conservative supporters at the Elks Hall Saturday prior to being nominated to lead the party in the Shuswap constituency in the May 2013 provincial election. - Lachlan Labere/Black Press
Salmon Arm’s Tom Birch addresses a crowd of B.C. Conservative supporters at the Elks Hall Saturday prior to being nominated to lead the party in the Shuswap constituency in the May 2013 provincial election.
— image credit: Lachlan Labere/Black Press

The B.C. Conservatives are ready to do battle in Shuswap.

The party elected Tom Birch as their candidate during a nomination meeting in Salmon Arm Saturday.

“The unity of purpose that I see here is inspiring,” said Birch, who was among three candidates seeking the nomination.

“I appreciate the tireless work that Maureen Walker and Ed Klop have done in the past months to build this riding and even though they did not win, I know that they will continue working with me on behalf of the party, as they wholeheartedly believe in our party’s direction.”

Birch, a Salmon Arm resident since 1998, has worked for non-profits, and in the forest industry, where he is currently employed as a project manager for a Vancouver-based forestry software company.

John Cummins, B.C. Conservative leader, was at the nomination meeting.

Current Liberal MLA George Abbott will not seek re-election in the spring. The Liberals have not selected a candidate while the NDP candidate is Steve Gunner.

 

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