Updated below (3:50 p.m.)
Well I guess this is becoming a bit of a mini series or something, following on yesterday's post...not intentionally, just so happens that I've been hearing a bit about the Saanich-Gulf Islands riding in response to a blog post I wrote on the subject of Elizabeth May's heading out there to run.
There are two strong Liberal candidates seeking the nomination, Renee Hetherington and Kit Spence. You get the impression that both candidates have a lot of respect for Briony Penn, the previous Liberal candidate who came very close to defeating Lunn in the October election. Hetherington worked with Penn while Spence was her campaign manager last time around.
Spence has been working in "democratic development in emerging democracies including Afghanistan, Pakistan, and Ukraine" since 2004 and judging by the pictures at his site, has been involved with the Liberals for many years (seen with Pierre Trudeau, for e.g.). Hetherington has very strong environmental credentials, having a Ph.D. in Anthropology, Biology, Geography and Geology and was awarded an NSERC doctoral fellowship for her work on the Queen Charlotte Islands/Haida Gwaii. She has a climate change book that's forthcoming in spring 2010. As I said, both impressive individuals.
Am going to post this video of Hetherington since I found it impressive, funny and inspirational. Gives you a good sense of the type of individual who's being attracted to run for office these days and why. Hint: good people are running. And on the why: it's about Canada and how we're viewed. (Would have happily posted a Spence one too but couldn't find any to post.)
Don't know who's going to win this one but you do get the sense that if Hetherington won the nomination, which takes place on September 12, May will have a harder time in the riding given both of their obvious strengths on the environment.
Would be happy to see either one knock off Gary Lunn, another riding to keep an eye on.
Update (3:50 p.m.): Penn, by the way, has endorsed Hetherington. (h/t FarandWide)