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Wally Oppal is changing his riding. Wally Oppal, the Attorney-General of British Columbia said Tuesday he would change ridings and run in Delta South, at Premier Gordon Campbell’s request.

 

Oppal, who currently represents Vancouver-Fraserview, said he had “misgivings” about the switch, but decided to move after being approached by Campbell.

 

“I had some misgivings, because I’ve worked for the people in Fraserview and we’ve solved a lot of issues,” Oppal said Tuesday night, as he drove to the nomination meeting for his new riding.

 

“I know I’m going to have to work hard. I’m going to have to show the people in Delta South they need someone in cabinet.”

 

There have been rumours that former West Vancouver police chief Kash Heed was being considered as the Liberal candidate for Oppal’s old riding. Oppal said Tuesday no decision had been made.

 

Oppal, who has lived in Delta South for several years, will try to replace retiring Liberal MLA Val Roddick and face independent candidate and former Delta councillor Vicki Huntington.

 

Huntington was courted by both the Liberals and NDP, but opted to run on her own. She came within 1,100 votes of unseating Roddick in the 2005 election.

 

The Liberals, who have held the riding since 1991, face an anti-government backlash in Delta South. Community concerns include port expansion, highway construction, encroachment on agricultural land, reduced services at the local hospital, and the notorious high-voltage power line through Tsawwassen.

 

Oppal acknowledged that residents of Tsawwassen are upset over the power line, but stressed that is just one issue.


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