Wearing her ‘It’s Time For A Change’ T-shirt, 70 Mile House resident Sally Watson has decided to toss her hat into ring and seek the NDP nomination for the Cariboo-Chilcotin Constituency for the May 9, 2017 provincial election.
Asked why she is seeking the New Democrat nomination, Watson points to her T-shirt and says she feels British Columbia needs a change in government.
“I’m very, very tired of being misled before every single election by the B.C. Liberals, and then have things go sour almost immediately after the election. So, I think it’s time for a change of government.”
Watson says she contacted the NDP Cariboo-Chilcotin constituency office to find out how to seek the candidacy. They helped her contact the provincial party office and gave her the information she needed.
Watson says she’s not aware of anyone else seeking the nomination at this time.
If there is more than one person seeking the nomination, she says the constituency members will vote for the person they want to become the nominee.
Watson currently sits as the Thompson-Nicola Regional District (TNRD) Area E (Bonaparte Plateau) Director, and has been the director for the past 14 years.
“It seems like the right time to jump into provincial politics and the NDP match my personal code of ethics, so it seems like a good fit.”
If she is nominated as the candidate, Watson says she knows she would have a lot of work to do in the Chilcotin and will learn the issues by hosting town-hall meetings throughout the constituency.
She has several concerns about the B.C. Liberal government.
“The B.C. Liberals are nearly giving away our natural resources in the trade-off for jobs. I think the natural resources belong to the people of the province.
“If we are going to sell them, we need to get an appropriate price for them.
“I don’t think big business doesn’t need our help; they can take care of themselves. I think our marginalized people need our help.”