Longtime New Democrat Robinson considers political return in Burnaby riding

OTTAWA — Former New Democrat stalwart Svend Robinson says he is strongly considering a return to federal politics, noting his former party is facing challenging times.

Robinson, 66, represented the Vancouver-area riding of Burnaby for 25 years.

He left politics in 2004 after he admitted stealing a diamond ring from an auction, saying he was under too much strain at the time.

Since then, he has spent time in Switzerland working with the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria. After retiring last year, Robinson and his partner moved to Cyprus.

If he decides to run, Robinson said he would seek election in Burnaby North—Seymour and hopefully help out the NDP candidate in the next riding — NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh, who is expected to face a byelection in Burnaby South in February.

In the 2015 federal election, the NDP won Burnaby South by just over 500 votes.

“I will do everything I can to support Jagmeet and support him in his campaign for election in Burnaby South. Hopefully if I’m a candidate in a neighbouring riding, that will be of some assistance,” Robinson said on the phone from Cyprus.

Despite insisting he hasn’t made up his mind, Robinson said he spent a month door-knocking in the riding this fall and sent a letter to residents saying he is seriously considering a run. His letter closed by pointing out a nomination meeting will take place early in the new year. “And then we will have to work very hard together over the months leading up to the election in October of next year to take back the riding. Let’s do this!”

Speaking from Cyprus, Robinson said he thinks he could add some veteran know-how to the federal NDP given the number of experienced caucus members not standing for re-election next year.

Liberal Terry Beech is running again in Burnaby North—Seymour, which is set to become a battleground riding next year over Liberal pledges to expand the Trans Mountain pipeline. The pipeline ends in the riding.

“I think the next election is going to be a make or break election for the future of the climate and if I run, those issues will be front and centre,” Robinson said.

Janice Dickson, The Canadian Press

Just Posted

‘He was good for the West:’ Sadness, surprise in Saskatchewan over Scheer

Regina resident Dennis Amon says federal Conservatives have a reputation to “eat… Continue reading

Boosting bid to take HBC private ‘most likely path’ to success, analyst says

TORONTO — An analyst says the insider group behind a privatization bid… Continue reading

Transcontinental Q4 core earnings fall due to ongoing printing challenges

MONTREAL — Transcontinental Inc. beat expectations even though its core earnings fell… Continue reading

Volkswagen set to propose plea deal on environment charges in Canadian court

Lawyers for German auto giant Volkswagen are set to propose a plea… Continue reading

Pet medical neglect cases on the rise in economically ailing Calgary

CALGARY — The Calgary Humane Society has seen a steady rise in… Continue reading

Drug bust: Red Deer RCMP seize drugs, cash, vehicles

Criminals are getting creative. Red Deer RCMP have seized cash and vehicles… Continue reading

Your community calendar

Friday The Annual Old-Fashioned Country Christmas is being held Dec. 13 at… Continue reading

Fullback Ashley Lawrence named Canadian Player of the Year after busy 2019

TORONTO — Ashley Lawrence, who played in all 15 internationals in 2019… Continue reading

Experienced leaders Agosta, Mikkelson return to Canadian women’s hockey team

Boy or girl, Meghan Agosta was going to name her first child… Continue reading

Taylor Swift calls out Scooter Braun during Billboard speech

LOS ANGELES — Taylor Swift used the Billboard Women in Music stage… Continue reading

Locals face legal costs after losing land dispute to McCain heiress

HALIFAX — A dispute over access to a strip of Nova Scotia… Continue reading

Gaudreau scores twice in Flames’ 4-2 come-from-behind victory over Maple Leafs

Flames 4 Leafs 2 CALGARY — Johnny Gaudreau had his first two-goal… Continue reading

Staal, Kunin help Wild recover to beat Oilers 6-5

ST. PAUL, Minn. — Eric Staal scored the go-ahead goal with 4:47… Continue reading

Pet medical neglect cases on the rise in economically ailing Calgary

CALGARY — The Calgary Humane Society has seen a steady rise in… Continue reading

Most Read