NDP Announce Candidate in PG-Mackenzie
Prince George, B.C. – With less than three months to go until the May 9 provincial election in British Columbia, the NDP has finally announced a candidate in one of the two Prince George ridings.
For the second time in as many elections, labour lawyer Bobby Deepak will be the NDP’s standard-bearer in Prince George-Mackenzie.
Originally from Fort St. James, the married father of three has lived in Prince George for over 20 years.
During that time, he’s been very active in the community as a volunteer. For example, he was a founding member of the Stand Up For the North Committee where he had a hand in organizing public forums on issues like forestry including the “Save Our Community” rally in Mackenzie in 2008.
In the 2013 election, Liberal candidate Mike Morris won the riding with 56 per cent of the vote. Deepak placed second, with 34 per cent.
So, why run again?
“I don’t give up. That’s how I will represent the constituents in my riding. Our riding has so much potential and so much to offer,” says Deepak.
“I’m running to be a strong and effective voice for the North and to make Prince George-Mackenzie a better place to live, work, do business and raise families.”
He adds he doesn’t think Morris has been up for the job.
“I don’t think anybody knows who he is,” says Deepak. He’s not been engaged in the community and that’s what I’ve been hearing from people.”
He says the biggest issues of concern for him are (1) providing a strong and effective northern voice, (2) creating jobs for northerners (for example he says Christy Clark has agreed to allow up to 70 per cent temporary foreign workers in some phases of the Petronas project), and (3) creating an inclusive economy where everyone – not “just the well-connected” succeed.
Deepak says his office, which is located near the Spruceland Shopping Centre – next to M & M Meats and Subway – will become operational later this month and isn’t concerned Morris and neighbouring MLA Shirley Bond opened theirs early last month.
“I think that shows. The B.C. Liberals are worried and they have to open their campaign office in January. We’re not worried, we’ve been organizing for months now.”
Deepak will be officially acclaimed at a nomination meeting March 4 at the Coast Inn of the North.
He says he doesn’t know exactly when the NDP nomination will take place in Prince George-Valemount but says it will take place “shortly.”