The president of the AbbotsfordFirst electoral organization has stepped down to seek the BC Liberal nomination in Darryl Plecas’s home riding.
Markus Delves has announced that he will seek the party’s nod to run as the BC Liberal candidate in Abbotsford South when voters head to the polls next. Plecas was booted from the party after he accepted an offer by the NDP to become Speaker of the legislature. He now sits as an independent.
Delves had been president of AbbotsfordFirst since October 2017, but hasn’t held office himself. His term as president expired last week, and he also resigned from its board. Marion Keys has taken over as president of AbbotsfordFirst.
I was excited to announce last night that I will be seeking the @bcliberals nomination in Abbotsford South. I am passionate about serving my community and delivering good public policy. Thank you everyone for your support in this new journey! #bcpoli #abby https://t.co/WSozS9hx3C
— Markus T. Delves (@MarkusDelves) April 13, 2019
Delves is the director of finance for Quantum Properties, a prominent local developer owned and run by his mother, Diane Delves. Quantum and Diane Delves are long-time BC Liberal backers, having donated more than $30,000 to the BC Liberals and the party’s candidates over the past decade, according to online contribution records.
Carol Fielding, the president of the local BC Liberal riding association, said Delves has been the first to publicly declare his intentions but that others are also mulling a bid.
Fielding said there is no timeline yet for when a candidate will be selected.
Although there has been occasional speculation that the NDP/Green coalition could fracture, resulting in a snap election, Fielding wrote in an email that “the general consensus of the party is that we have time yet as the next election is not until 2021. At the moment there are no signals that there will be an early election call & if so certainly not in the same year as a federal election.”
Plecas has said he does not intend to run again if reforms are made before the next election to improve the legislature working environment. If those reforms don’t happen, he told The News that he will seek re-election.