Cariboo-Prince George Federal Conservative nominee hopeful Gerald Caron is hoping to connect with people in Williams Lake.
The 49-year-old lives in Vanderhoof and is presently camped at the Stampede Grounds, where he will be for another week.
“I want to be the person you can turn to if you have issues with the federal government that you aren’t able to handle on your own,” Caron said of his desire to be a politician.
Describing a conservative as someone who is frugal, in a relationship with someone for a long time, and someone who looks to the past to see what has worked, Caron said he first got involved with the BC Conservatives.
Then through a series of incidents where he helped people with problems that he felt should have been handled by their MP, he decided he should try and get elected.
“I want to give it a try,” he said. “Politicians have a responsibility to help the people who elect them.”
Originally from Quebec, Caron is a foreign language specialist and has taught Spanish and French and can speak Cree and Russian.
He has taught for 25 years, and was a school administrator in Alert Bay.
For the last six years he has taught for the E-bus Academy, B.C.’s online public school program, as the second language specialist.
“I’ve enjoyed helping people who are overwhelmed with online education,” he said.
Married with four children, Caron said his youngest child is 15 so it’s time to get involved.
He is staying at Site 32 in the campground or can be reached on his cell phone at 250-524-2222.