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BC Conservatives pick two new candidates

B.C. Conservative party members selected two candidates last night to replace Transport Minister Chuck Strahl and MP John Cummins.

Mark Strahl, son of Chuck, is the new Conservative candidate in Chilliwack-Fraser Canyon and Dale Saip will run in Delta-Richmond East.

It took four ballot counts to determine the outcome in Delta-Richmond East. Saip, chair of the Delta board of education, received 78 votes while his closest opponent, Richmond lawyer Kerry-Lynne Findlay, received 66.

B.C. has the highest number of incumbent MPs not seeking re-election in a federal vote that is expected to be announced any day. Five Conservatives, two Liberals and one New Democrat have announced they won't run again.

Stockwell Day is another prominent Conservative incumbent who will be replaced this week with a new nominee in Okanagan-Coquihalla.

Bill Siksay, NDP MP for Burnaby-Douglas is retiring after holding that seat since 2004. Last month Kennedy Stewart, a Simon Fraser University professor was nominated to replace him in what was a close riding between the NDP and Conservatives in the last election.

Colleen Kimmett reports for The Tyee.

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