Vancouver Olympic V-P wants to be an MP

By BOB MACKIN, QMI Agency

NORTH VANCOUVER -- John Furlong, the Vancouver Olympics chief executive, refuses to run for political office. But one of his lieutenants wants a seat in the House of Commons.

Taleeb Noormohamed, who was VANOC's vice-president of strategy and partnerships, is seeking the federal Liberal nomination in North Vancouver. The riding is held by Conservative Andrew Saxton, who defeated two-time Liberal incumbent Don Bell in 2008.

“If there’s one lesson we learned from the Games, it’s how you get communities, people, individuals excited about something,” said Noormohamed, 34. “There’s a lot to be excited about in North Van.”

North Vancouver-raised Noormohamed unsuccessfully sought the Liberal nomination in Vancouver Centre in 2004. His VANOC duties included protocol and client services and convincing municipalities, provinces and territories to become sponsors.

Before joining VANOC, Noormohamed was director of the Air India Review Secretariat from December 2005 to April 2007 and policy advisor in the Privy Council Office from April 2003 to December 2005.

Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s minor cabinet shuffle Tuesday reignited rumours of a possible spring election.

bob.mackin@sunmedia.ca

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