Duncan Barnett is running for the NDP in Cariboo North.

Duncan Barnett is running for the NDP in Cariboo North.

Cariboo North NDP candidate: Duncan Barnett

Duncan Barnett is running with the NDP because he believes the NPD can do better in the province.

  • Apr. 24, 2013 5:00 p.m.

My name is Duncan Barnett.  I am applying for the job of MLA for Cariboo North.

I’m running with the NDP because I believe we can do better in this province — in terms of how we treat people, how we manage our economy, and how we care for our environment.  It’s time for a change in B.C.

My wife Jane and I live at Miocene on the Horsefly Road in the family home I helped build as a teenager, where we have raised our three daughters Lindsay, Heather and Kate.

We own and operate a ranching business in the Miocene/Horsefly area. My family has a strong background in the Cariboo.  My grandfather worked in the sawmill and lumber business and my father was a provincial court judge in Williams Lake and Quesnel.

My mother was a teacher and counselling psychologist in the school district. My wife is a social worker.  I have worked in the region for much of my life — from the bunkhouse to the boardroom.  Before going to university and getting a degree in agricultural economics, I explored the province and worked in almost all our natural resource sectors, including commercial fishing, logging, sawmills, guide outfitting, oil and gas drilling, and ranching.

I began working in the Cariboo as a professional agrologist in the early 1990s and worked for Ducks Unlimited and the Fraser Basin Council.

I was involved with treaty negotiations and took a position as manager of Aboriginal Affairs with the Cariboo Lumber Manufacturers’ Association.

I was a Cariboo Regional District director for the Horsefly, Likely, Big Lake, 150 Mile and Williams Lake Fringe area from 2000 until 2010. My experience taught me the importance of working with a team to get things done to build our communities.  I worked hard with other board members to make improvements to our recreation facilities, develop the Central Cariboo engineered landfill at Gibralter Mine, and to provide support for rural communities with community halls, fire departments, and libraries. We created policies for the development of agricultural land and initiatives to help producers deal with the BSE crisis and invasive plants.

We ensured that residential development respected our lakes, rivers and streams.

I successfully encouraged the CRD board to move into new areas such as economic development, heritage, and arts and culture.

I was taught that giving back to my community is important.

I have been a 4H leader and served on my community association. I have also been active on several provincial industry and professional organizations which has provided me with experience and insight into natural resource legislation, regulation and policy.

My ties to the Cariboo, my experience in resource industries, and my determination to make things better in our communities will make me an effective MLA. I will work hard as part of a new NDP government to bring the change we need in the Cariboo.


Just Posted

Jim Hilton pens a column on forestry each week for the Williams Lake Tribune.
FOREST INK: Agroforestry alternative to some commercial forest practices

We do need to seriously look at some of our practices

2021 graduate Annaliese Hunt-Owega with Burton Astleford in advance of the Reverse Grad Parade held Saturday, June 12 in Williams Lake. (Angie Mindus photo - Williams Lake Tribune)
Jenna Harvey. (Photo submitted)
RCMP looking for missing woman between 100 Mile House and Williams Lake

Jenna Harvey was last heard from a week ago and claimed to be hitchhiking north

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Williams Lake’s Robert Webster, who helps operate the organization’s Parking Lot Clothing Drive, and Angela Kadar, executive director, collect clothing at BBBSWL’s new, permanent cargo trailer location at the Williams Lake Stampede Grounds infield. BBBSWL will be at the infield parking lot from noon to 1 p.m. every Tuesday until the fall collecting soft goods including men’s, women’s and children’s clothing, outerwear, boots, shoes, hats, mittens, scarves, ties, socks, purses, wallets, bags, bedding, towels and jewellery. Kadar thanked the Williams Lake Stampede Association for being so accommodating and for allowing them to use the space to park the trailer. (Greg Sabatino photo - Williams Lake Tribune)
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Williams Lake Parking Lot Clothing Drive gets new, permanent location

BBBSWL will be at the Stampede infield parking lot from noon to 1 p.m. every Tuesday

Williams Lake Stampeders forward Dylan Richardson thwarts a Quesnel Kangaroos defender as he skates in for a shot on goal during the 2019/20 Central Interior Hockey League season. (Patrick Davies photo - Black Press Media)
Stampeders plan post pandemic return to ice in Williams Lake

The eight-team Central Interior Hockey League includes franchises in Quesnel and Williams Lake

Marco Mendicino, Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship during a press conference in Ottawa on Thursday, May 13, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick
Canada to welcome 45,000 refugees this year, says immigration minister

Canada plans to increase persons admitted from 23,500 to 45,000 and expedite permanent residency applications

Cannabis bought in British Columbia (Ashley Wadhwani/Black Press Media)
Is it time to start thinking about greener ways to package cannabis?

Packaging suppliers are still figuring eco-friendly and affordable packaging options that fit the mandates of Cannabis Regulations

Barbara Violo, pharmacist and owner of The Junction Chemist Pharmacy, draws up a dose behind vials of both Pfizer-BioNTech and Oxford-AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccines on the counter, in Toronto, Friday, June 18, 2021. An independent vaccine tracker website founded by a University of Saskatchewan student says just over 20 per cent of eligible Canadians — those 12 years old and above — are now fully vaccinated. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette
At least 20% of eligible Canadians fully vaccinated, 75% with one dose: data

Earlier projections for reopening at this milestone didn’t include Delta variant

This undated file photo provided by Ernie Carswell & Partners shows the home featured in the opening and closing scenes of The Brady Bunch in Los Angeles. Do you know the occupation of Mike Brady, the father in this show about a blended family? (Anthony Barcelo/Ernie Carswell & Partners via AP, File)
QUIZ: A celebration of dad on Father’s Day

How much do you know about famous fathers?

Emily Steele holds up a collage of her son, 16-year-old Elijah-Iain Beauregard who was stabbed and killed in June 2019, outside of Kelowna Law Courts on June 18. (Aaron Hemens/Capital News)
Kelowna woman who fatally stabbed teen facing up to 1.5 years of jail time

Her jail sentence would be followed by an additional one to 1.5 years of supervision

Cpl. Scott MacLeod and Police Service Dog Jago. Jago was killed in the line of duty on Thursday, June 17. (RCMP)
Abbotsford police, RCMP grieve 4-year-old service dog killed in line of duty

Jago killed by armed suspect during ‘high-risk’ incident in Alberta

The George Road wildfire near Lytton, B.C., has grown to 250 hectares. (BC Wildfire Service)
B.C. drone sighting halts helicopters fighting 250 hectares of wildfire

‘If a drone collides with firefighting aircraft the consequences could be deadly,’ says BC Wildfire Service

A dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine is pictured at a vaccination site in Vancouver Thursday, March 11, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward
NACI advice to mix vaccines gets varied reaction from AstraZeneca double-dosers

NACI recommends an mRNA vaccine for all Canadians receiving a second dose of a COVID-19 vaccine

A aerial view shows the debris going into Quesnel Lake caused by a tailings pond breach near the town of Likely, B.C., Tuesday, Aug. 5, 2014. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward
Updated tailings code after Mount Polley an improvement: B.C. mines auditor

British Columbia’s chief auditor of mines has found changes to the province’s requirements for tailings storage facilities

Most Read