The Skeena-Bulkley Valley federal election slate is full

The Liberals and Greens name their candidates making it six contenders for B.C.’s biggest riding

With the addition of Dave Birdi (Liberal) and Mike Sawyer (Green) to the list of candidates vying for election in the fall, it would appear we have a full slate in Skeena-Bulkley Valley.

Among the hopefuls we have a couple of former town councillors, Birdi and Claire Rattée (Conservative); a sitting mayor, Taylor Bachrach (NDP); a federal party leader, Rod Taylor (Christian Heritage); an environmental activist, Sawyer; and a political novice, Jody Craven (People’s Party).

They come from diverse backgrounds including farming (Taylor); small business (Bachrach and Rattée); mining (Craven); finance (Birdi); and consulting (Sawyer).

They are all capable people, who have been involved in their communities in a variety of ways, both professional and volunteer.

LAST WEEK: Onward Smithers

They represent a very diverse set of viewpoints, all of which have significant constituents within the riding.

In fact, as a group they are a reasonably good representation of the cross-section of society in the Northwest.

In that sense, we are well-served democratically.

They’ve got their work cut out for them.

Demographically, Skeena-Bulkley Valley has the highest percentage of seniors and Indigenous people of any constituency in the province.

Geographically, the riding is the seventh largest in the entire country.

MORE EDITORIAL:

One large act of political will

If climate is an emergency, act like it

Just campaigning for the big job of representing the riding is a big job.

We salute all the candidates. It takes a lot courage to put yourself out there, to expose yourself to the often vitriolic nature of politics, the cynicism and questioning of your motives, and the microscope that those of us in the media will undoubtedly put you under as you battle for the privilege of being the voice of your fellow citizens in Ottawa.

Things have been pretty quiet so far, but we cannot be long away from the dropping of the writ and the heating of the rhetoric.

So, for now, congratulations and thank you for your service to democracy.



editor@interior-news.com

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter

Just Posted

Northwest Wave Riders return from Victoria Dragon Boat Festival

This was the first time in 25 years that northern B.C. teams competed

Feds approve $4M for Tahltan protected and conserved areas

Well defined stewardship will help nation reduce uncertainties for resource partners

BC Parks student rangers complete several northwest B.C. conservation projects

This was the first time the summer program operated out of Terrace

Coast Mountain College announces interim president

Ken Burt, current president and CEO, will say goodbye to CMNT come September

Can we really expect ethics in politics?

Trudeau’s is just the latest in a history rife with political scandal

Trudeau vows to stand firm against ‘increasingly assertive’ China

China has accused Canada of meddling in its affairs

Thermal imaging cameras eye Salish Sea in hopes of better detecting whales

Cameras installed at BC Ferries’ terminal on Galiano Island, and off southern Gulf Islands

BREAKING: Province approves Surrey police force

Minister of Public Safety Mike Farnworth green-lights city’s municipal police force

Police watchdog investigating two officers after Langley teen’s suspected overdose

According to IIO, two officers were deployed to help Carson Crimeni but did not locate him before he died

B.C. father tells judge he did not kill his young daughters

Andrew Berry pleaded not guilty to the December 2017 deaths

UPDATED: Kelly Ellard gets day parole extended for six more months, overnight leave

Kelly Ellard was convicted of killing 14-year-old Reena Virk in 1997

New study suggests autism overdiagnosed: Canadian expert

Laurent Mottron: ‘Autistic people we test now are less and less different than typical people’

B.C. hockey player excited to join Humboldt Broncos

Defenceman Sebastien Archambault played last two seasons with Junior B Sicamous Eagles.

Huawei executive’s defence team alleges Canadians were ‘agents’ of the FBI

eng’s arrest at Vancouver’s airport has sparked a diplomatic crisis between Canada and China

Most Read