Bond Not Taking Re-election for Granted
Prince George, B.C. – The provincial election is still more than three and a half months away but that hasn’t prevented Shirley Bond from busily preparing.
The Prince George-Valemount MLA is seeking her fifth consecutive term in office.
“My team’s been working for months, knocking on doors, out in the community talking to people and as far as I’m concerned, this is a four-year job,” says Bond. “You should be engaged in your community every single day that you are elected and you should never take anything for granted.”
She sees economic growth and job creation as the biggest issues.
“We’ve had a plan we’ve laid out and I certainly recognize that in some parts of the province we need to do more work to the keep the momentum building,” says Bond.
“But I believe in getting to yes, making sure that we can have investment, that we can create jobs for families in this province and I think you can only do that – we can only provide the services that people want like better health care, more teachers, more police officers – if we have a strong economic plan. That’s my goal and that’s what northern British Columbians want to hear not just from our party, but from anyone else that wants to be elected.”
As a long-time cabinet minister, she says voters in her riding also “want a strong voice in Victoria.”
“People may not always agree with the policies and decisions that we’ve made, but very few people can argue with my work ethic. I work hard every single day and I think that’s what people expect of us.”
So far Bond is the only candidate to officially declare her candidacy in the riding. In the 2013 election, she captured 57 per cent of the vote. Her closes competitor was Sherry Ogasawara of the NDP. She garnered 36 per cent.
Voters go to the polls May 9.