Harris is pledging to fight for a Nanaimo-Vancouver passenger ferry, arguing the town has now grown enough to support a service just like the failed Harbourlynx fast ferry service.
The NDP, who’ve traditionally dominated Nanaimo politics, launched their campaign on Saturday, with Premier John Horgan supporting candidate and former MP Sheila Malcolmson.
Malcolmson told supporters on Saturday that the party takes no seats as a right, and is aware that the stakes couldn’t be higher.
“The entire eyes of the entire province are all focused on Nanaimo and that lends a special intensity to the campaign,” said Malcolmson.
The Jan. 30 byelection is being held to exchange former NDP MLA Leonard Krog, who was elected mayor of Nanaimo within the Oct. 20 municipal elections.