Meteorologist Claire Martin hopes for blue skies in run for Greens

Former CBC weather forecaster has a press conference booked Wednesday with Elizabeth May



OTTAWA — A familiar face to many viewers of the national weather forecast is planning to test the winds of federal politics.

Claire Martin, former meteorologist with CBC-TV’s “The National,” plans to announce Wednesday she will seek the Green party nomination in the riding of North Vancouver.

Conservative Andrew Saxton won the riding handily in the 2011 election, taking almost half of the votes.

By contrast, Saxton’s Green party rival received just over five per cent of the ballots.

Martin, raised in England, presented weather forecasts in Canada for almost two decades before leaving CBC last year.

She is to appear at a news conference in the riding Wednesday with party leader Elizabeth May.