Q & A with Candidates – The Last Question
250News sent a series of 9 questions to each of the candidates running in the two Prince George ridings.The questions were emailed to the candidates on April 13th, with instructions that responses were to be received by a deadline of 1 p.m. on Friday April 21st.
Candidates were asked that if their responses included a funding component, that the source of that funding be identified.
Prince George – Valemount candidate Nan Kendy (Green) missed the deadline for responses.
250News published the first segment of this series on Monday, April 24th ( click here ) Part Two ran on Thursday April 27th (click here) Part Three ran Monday May 1st ( click here) and Part Four ran Thursday May 4th ( click here).
Today, the final question in this series. As has been the case in the previous installments, responses are being published in their entirety.
If elected, how do you plan to bring a northern voice to the Provincial Government?
Prince George- Valemount:
Liberal Candidate Shirley Bond:
NDP Candidate Natalie Fletcher:
I have a long history of speaking my mind and fiercely advocating for the people who need it most. I am proud to have stood up for my co-workers and friends, and won victories for them when others might have given up.
That’s the kind of passion, fire and integrity I will bring to the role of MLA. I will speak up to bring the unique voice of the north to government, so the voice of my constituents is heard.
It helps that our leader, John Horgan, is so receptive to hearing the voices of all the people he comes in contact with. He’s approachable and he cares, so I know that when he’s premier, he will encourage his MLAs to advocate for their communities. I am looking forward to bringing the concerns to Victoria, as we build a better BC.
Green Party Candidate Hilary Crowley:.
I have lived in this Riding close to 50 years and understand its needs. I would ensure that First Nations are included in important decision making as well as the small rural communities. I will support UNBC and CNC to bring more educational programs to the north for our students, especially in the field of health and other sectors as needed.
NDP Candidate Bobby Deepak:
I am from the north and of the north. I went away to university to get my law degree, knowing I would come right back to help working women and men in the north. I live and breathe the north and every speech I make, every argument I bring up and every vote I cast will be framed with my home in mind.
What helps is that I know that John Horgan understands our region. He comes from a forestry community and worked in a mill himself. So unlike with Christy Clark, who has left rural BC behind – 90 per cent of the economic gains have been in metro Vancouver, and most of that related to a hot housing market – I know that when I make a point in John Horgan’s caucus, my vote will be heard.
I’m very proud to be a northerner who wants to raise the profile of this region in provincial affairs. Northern and rural BC has been left behind by the Christy Clark government. It’s time for to build a better BC under John Horgan and the BC NDP. I commit to work with all levels of government, in unison, to bring a united voice, regardless of political lines, so that northerners are heard!
Liberal Candidate Mike Morris: