Metro File/Matt Kieltyka David Eby is hoping to celebrate in the riding of Vancouver-Point Grey come election night.

David Eby versus Premier Christy Clark. Round 2.

Eby, the former executive director of the B.C. Civil Liberties Association, will square off against Clark for a second time in the upcoming May 2013 provincial election.

The high-profile lawyer was formally acclaimed as the NDP candidate for Vancouver-Point Grey at a nomination meeting Thursday evening.

Eby came within just 564 votes of defeating Clark in a byelection in May 2011.

“A lot of people have a mistaken belief that the riding of Vancouver-Point Grey is safe Liberal territory because Gordon Campbell was there and Christy Clark won the last election,” he said Thursday.

But Eby said his experience with public policy, law, equality and human rights and working with various communities will give him an upperhand.

“There’s been a disconnect between the best practices that are going to protect people’s rights … and the kinds of policies we’ve seen implemented by the Liberal government,” he added.

Eby, who moved into the riding for the byelection, said he has more time to work on his campaign, compared to the scant 30 days he had for the byelection.

“And that will make a huge difference in being able to speak to so many more people about the issues that matter to them,” he said, adding he will be leaving his administrative post at the BCCLA at the end of the month.

Residents in the riding have also expressed concerns about issues such as the environment, public education, the Enbridge Northern Gateway pipeline project and the Kitsilano Coast Guard station closure, Eby added.

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