Donna Ford

Donna Ford

Cariboo Chilcotin campaign offices open with anticipation

Cariboo Chilcotin provincial candidates have constituency offices open and are ready for the campaign.

With around 60 Liberal supporters in attendance, a live band and appetizers, Cariboo-Chilcotin Liberal candidate Donna Barnett opened her Williams Lake campaign office Monday.

“We need to win,” Donna said. “That is our main objective. We’re going to run a positive campaign, but I will tell you this much, when the attacks come, I will bring facts.”

The election, she added, is about the Cariboo-Chilcotin and the good work the Liberals have done.

“It’s about the strength of me being a mouth piece in Victoria to get the job done.”

There will be 28 days of hard work for her team, she added.

“We cannot afford to go backwards and we cannot afford to lose Prosperity Mine, which we will lose if Charlie Wyse gets elected. He has made it clear.”

She said she’s pleased to be working on behalf of the ranching community and was able to get a “few things done,” but there’s more work to be done.

“We’ve also got a university over here that I’ve worked with for the last three and a half years to grow and expand and we have to keep it growing. It’s an economy all on its own.”

Alluding the role of tourism in the region, Donna said it’s important to keep paving highways. “Under the NDP we never got any pavement.”

She said while the province’s forests have a good life, B.C. has to take care of the health of the forest because “unfortunately” the mountain pine beetle has had an impact. “We now have to be positive and move forward and watch it grow.”

“The next 28 days will be full of fun, hard work and energy.”

Donna’s campaign office is located in the same building her constituency office was in the 300 block of Oliver Street.

Local NDP supporters, many dressed in orange, gathered Tuesday for the official opening of the NDP campaign office in Williams Lake.

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Shared by Cariboo North candidate Duncan Barnett and Cariboo Chilcotin candidate Charlie Wyse, the office is located in the Town Centre mall in the 100 block of Second Avenue North.

“We are looking forward to having fun and winning this election, one practical step at a time,” Duncan said. “Yesterday we had Norm MacDonald with us. He went over the forestry platform and I was sure happy to see what’s in that.”

The forestry plan is going to be great for Williams Lake, Quesnel, and surrounding communities that rely on the forest industry, Duncan said.

“Not only forestry, but all our other resource industries, and the people, that’s the most important part. The people who work in those industries because people are our number one resource and I know this government is going to put people first with education, health care and respect for working people,” Duncan added.

Wyse started off with a “me too,” referring to Duncan’s comments, and told supporters there is going to be change for the better with their efforts.

“Duncan and I are absolutely so pleased to be the bearers of your values and it’s with your efforts that we are going to have a change. We will have a government with Adrian Dix and the NDP that look after all British Columbians,” Wyse said.

Dustin Price has been confirmed by the Green Party of BC and Elections BC as the candidate for the Cariboo-Chilcotin. Price has lived in the Cariboo region for more than 20 years and has strong family roots in the area. He currently works in the forest industry  and volunteers with the 100 Mile House Minor Hockey Association, Youth Zone, and operates as a mentor to young athletes in the region. Dustin’s major focus is in involving everybody in the decision making process, including youth. He believes in fighting for the establishment of a strong, diversified, stable community and regional economy while being environmentally and socially responsible, his campaign manager noted in a press release.

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Dustin is looking forward to meeting as many people in the region as possible while hearing about the concerns and issues that are important to them.

At his home in Lac La Hache Sunday, Cariboo-Chilcotin Independent candidate Gary Young cut the ribbon to open his home-based constituency office.

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Young has lived in the community of Lac La Hache for eight years and said he’s excited about running as an Independent. “I tell people they have a choice and a voice with me. With the difference that I can speak up for them in Victoria, where others can’t. I also offer something different from the Liberals and the NDP,” he said.

Young was putting signs up in Williams Lake Tuesday, along with his financial agent, and said he received positive feedback from people. “If people want to get ahold of me, they can call me at home 250-396-4403. Even when I’m elected people can call me at home.” His  website is www.garycan.com. People are welcome to e-mail him at vote4me@Garycan.com.