As rural ridings get larger and larger, it becomes more likely that large centers such as Nelson will be represented by a Member of Parliament who does not live in the immediate area. And I am aware of concerns that your next MP won’t know and understand your city.
I am running for MP in Nelson because I know this area well. I was Kootenay regional manager for the Ministry of Environment from 2002 to 2009, and I had a large office in Nelson. I spent so much time there that a local hotel used to send me a Christmas card every year.
As district manager for the provincial parks of the West Kootenay from the mid-1990s to 2002, I had an office at Kokanee Creek Park.
I am committed to ensuring that Nelson continues to have the strongest representation possible. And I intend to spend a tremendous amount of my time back in the community that is like a second home to me.
I am launching my campaign to be your next MP in Cranbrook on March 15. On March 16, I will be in Nelson. Join me at Bigby Place at 7 p.m. for coffee and a chat.
NDP candidate for Kootenay Columbia