Charlie Wyse will be the candidate in the Cariboo Chilcotin riding for the B.C. NDP in the next provincial election.
Although Wyse has already been acclaimed, he won’t officially take the position until a ceremony at the Longhouse at the Stampede Grounds July 27.
Wyse had announced earlier this year that he would stand for election for the NDP when the time came.
“I’m excited that I’m representing the party in the upcoming election,” he said.
“I believe that we continue to have been ignored in the Interior and in the Cariboo Chilcotin… .”
Some of the issues Wyse believes are important to this area are land stewardship, the inclusion of First Nations particularly as it relates to resource development, the HST, affordable housing and accessible health care for seniors and establishing an “equitable” funding formula to help rural schools remain operational.
“The whole aspect of sustainable jobs requires a much more balanced approach in all values of the land than what the Liberals have provided over the last decade,” Wyse added.
As for getting candidates lined up, Wyse says the NDP is simply responding to Premier Christy Clark’s statement that she may call an election in the near future.
“We’re not convinced and I’m not at all personally convinced that the people here in the Chilcotin in actual fact want an election; however it’s the premier’s call.”
Wyse was MLA for the Cariboo South riding from 2005 to 2009 before its boundaries were shifted and it was renamed Cariboo Chilcotin.
The neighbouring Cariboo North NDP Constituency Association is currently undergoing a candidate search in preparation for an upcoming election.