Nanaimo-Cowichan MP picked to lead federal election campaign

NANAIMO – Jean Crowder will help map the NDP's 2015 election strategy.

Jean Crowder will be one of the people in charge of mapping out the NDP’s 2015 federal election strategy.

The Nanaimo-Cowichan member of Parliament will co-chair the NDP’s national campaign along with fellow MP Alexandre Boulerice (Rosemont La Petite-Patrie), hoping to build on momentum from the 2011 election, when the NDP became the Official Opposition for the first time in party history.

Crowder said she is thrilled with being named and has previous experience with NDP election policy and strategy. Her duties will deal primarily with ensuring there is a good group of candidates running.

“Part of it is certainly working with the party with regards to campaign recruitment – recruiting good candidates…” said Crowder. “Talking to potential candidates and encouraging them to think of us as a good alternative, that’ll be a big part of what I’ll end up doing.”

Although she recently announced that she won’t be running in 2015, Crowder said she will still have her responsibilities as riding representative coupled with her new duties as national campaign chairwoman leading up to the dropping of the election writ.

“I still have all my regular duties,” Crowder said. “I’m still the Aboriginal Affairs committee person and I still have my riding. Let’s face it, MPs are used to juggling multiple duties and it’s what I’ve always done, so I’m expecting that I’ll just re-arrange my life to accommodate this.”

The announcement was made Sunday and Crowder said she will be working out the details with the NDP team in the near future.