Nomination Contestants answer your questions
Q1. Why do you want to be the Green Party candidate for our riding?
I feel a strong call to action for the residents of North Okanagan-Shuswap. As the largest riding in B.C., we enjoy our nation’s best features, including our parks, communities, and arts & culture. To create true justice, we need a leader willing to dedicate themselves into honesty and integrity.
I can bring an added voice to our community as the first Green Party Member of Parliament in North Okanagan-Shuswap. I began my advocacy after the diagnosis of Autism of two of my children. Like many people, I had challenges accessing services from the federal government. Using my lived experiences, I began engaging with parents and guardians to overcome adversity and create opportunities for their children and felt that I can help more people.
I am trained in the role of MP responsibilities with an Honours Degree in Political Science and further training in Public Policy, Administration and Constitutional Law. Politics is not the bedfellow to justice, a strong basis in Public Policy is!
My motivation as an M.P. would to bring the First Nations community’s challenges to Parliament and address the needs of the resident of North Okanagan-Shuswap. From my advocacy initiatives on health care services and working towards reconciliation, my commitment to the accountability of public resources is shown by my actions.
Q2. What makes you the best candidate for our riding?
North Okanagan-Shuswap is home to a vibrant community unique due to the special nature of our diversity and compassionate group of active citizens. I believe in solutions for riding in the most equitable way. As a public servant, I have a servant’s heart – I want to help our community.
Community leadership and community engagement is a skill. Building consensus, working hand in hand, and listening to the community are the pillars I will give to North Okanagan-Shuswap. When combining these pillars, I know I am the best candidate for our riding.
Q3. What are your top 3 issues for this election?
First, the need to invest in a Green Economy with good, stable, high-paying jobs. We have a strong labour force ready to convert homes into energy-efficient homes.
Second, Reconciliation with Indigenous Peoples is the paramount importance. Canada can implement the most significant home-building project on reserve, and this will create jobs. Moreover, the lack of infrastructure is shameful in Canada and has left many communities in the lurch. Arthur Manuel stated in his book,
“If we can make the cost of ignoring us higher than it is to deal with us, they will deal. That, finally, is the Canadian way. In a country founded on the balance sheet, the balance sheet is the only force that will lead to fundamental changes”.
A true partnership in land claims, access, and self-determination must be created with Indigenous Peoples in Canada.
Lastly, our social contract with Seniors has failed. After years of dedication and those who have work 25, 30, 35 and even 40 years in Canada are suffering in poverty—renewing the Social Contract with supports to end poverty, such as enact universal Pharmacare and affordable housing for seniors.
1. Develop actionable strategies, policies and practices to draw down Carbon.
2. BC’s forest industry contains multiple important values including those of fibre products, recreation, habitat, hydrological and ecological function. Policies and forest management strategies which support all these important values will help bring new opportunities for the forest industry.
3. Provide momentum for a future North Okanagan-Shuswap Green MP