LANGFORD, BC – Long-serving Sooke School District Board Chair Ravi Parmar launched his campaign today for the BC NDP nomination in Langford-Juan de Fuca. The seat became open when former MLA and Premier, John Horgan retired at the end of March.
“No one can replace John Horgan – those are big shoes to fill,” said Parmar. “But I’m excited to bring my energy and experience to help build on his extraordinary record of service to the people of this constituency.”
Parmar thanked the many people – including John Horgan – for encouraging him to put his name forward. He said that he will work to earn the support of every person in the constituency.
“The BC NDP in Langford Juan-De Fuca has a long tradition of electing strong MLAs to fight for good jobs and better health care, education, housing and childcare,” said Parmar. “With one the youngest and fastest growing populations in the province, we can’t let up. We need to improve our transportation infrastructure, protect our environment, and promote local small businesses. As MLA, I will work hard for our constituency and for a strong BC that works for everyone.”
Born in Victoria and raised in Langford by parents who immigrated to Canada, Parmar began advocating for his community at a young age. In high school, Ravi mobilized his fellow students to put pressure on the BC Liberal government resulting in the construction of two new high schools to replace Belmont Secondary.
Soon after, Ravi was elected as a School Trustee to the Sooke School District — the youngest school trustee in the country. In 2017, Ravi was acclaimed Board Chair. In that role he oversaw the largest expansion of public education in the district’s history with brand new schools, expansions and an unprecedented 2,200 new student paces.
In addition to his work on the school board, Ravi is a senior advisor to BC’s Minister of Jobs, Economic Development and Innovation, helping the government build a more sustainable and inclusive economy. He has a BA in Political Science and a minor in Public Administration.