It looks as though during the forthcoming B.C. provincial election of May 2013 we will have several choices of who to cast our votes for.
The political parties, namely Liberals, NDP, Green and Conservative will all probably be supporting a candidate in the Cariboo-Chilcotin riding. Of interest is the announcement that Gary Young will be seeking the MLA position as an Independent candidate.
This will provide a breath of fresh air to the riding. An MLA with Independent status will no longer be obliged to follow political party agendas or carry obligations to major financial sponsors such as big businesses or unions. Representation as directed by the constituents and the ability to put forth issues without party hindrance is the greatest asset of being Independent.
If we review the representation that the Cariboo North riding is receiving by Bob Simpson we are witnessing Independent representation at its best. Should Young match Simpson’s representation we will all benefit greatly. Young has an extensive past history of community involvement, the majority being of a non-monetary nature. He thinks in terms of decades ahead and what will be there for our children and grandchildren, not the next election and what “sounds good” to voters.