A Telkwa councillor has been chosen to run for the Liberals in the Skeena-Bulkley Valley riding ahead of the upcoming federal election.
Brad Layton, who works in the forestry industry and just started his second term as a village councillor, was the only candidate seeking the party’s nomination at the Aug. 19 announcement.
“I can see our quality of life – being the middle class – declining each year [and] I’m worried about my daughter’s future,” Layton said of his choice to run for the party in the upcoming federal election.
“Mr. Trudeau has expressed a lot of views that I follow myself and beliefs that we can have both a strong environment and economic development – we need this development in northern B.C.”
A longtime northwest resident and Liberal supporter, Layton came to the Bulkley Valley in 1987 and got involved in local and provincial politics starting in the early 2000s.
He has worked for Pro-Tech Forest Resources as a forest technician for 29 years and was first elected to Telkwa village council in 2011.
Layton is just getting started with his bid for member of Parliament and he said that he does not plan to start campaigning full-time until later in September following a typical 37 day campaign model.
He faces stiff competition from Conservative candidate Tyler Nesbitt and New Democrat MP Nathan Cullen who has held the riding since 2004.