A teacher and businessman from Chemainus has put his name in the running for the federal Conservative nomination in the new Cowichan-Malahat-Langford riding.
Jeremy Smyth of Chemainus announced his intentions to run for the Conservative nomination on Jan. 30. The Conservatives have not yet announced their official candidate, and Smyth expects we may have a better idea when the nomination race starts and who is in when the Conservatives hold their AGM Saturday, Feb. 21 from 3-4 p.m. at the Mill Bay Community Hall.
“I have a vested interest in the future of this beautiful part of Vancouver Island and believe strongly that voters here deserve to be represented by a Government Member of Parliament,” Smyth said in a press release. “For too long, we have been on the outside looking in, electing Opposition members election after election. It is time we sat at the government table having a direct say in the decisions of our nation.”
Smyth has lived on Vancouver Island for more than a decade. He has had a successful career in managing both large and small independent businesses. Switching direction, he has been on the staff of Duncan Christian School since 2009 where he is working in special education. With his wife Rita, who works at Vancouver Island University, he has been active in his community in local First Nation’s business and education programs and in raising money and developing food and aid programs in the mid-Island and beyond.
“I have been a political animal for a long time,” said Smyth. “My household was active within federal Parliament and the Big Blue Machine of Premier Bill Davis in Ontario, and since coming to Vancouver Island, I have been on the Conservative campaign teams of Norm Sowden and former MP Reed Elley.”
Smyth has run for political office in a bid for a Fraser Valley city council and an exciting 2005 Ladysmith Cowichan provincial run as a candidate for an independent third party.
Smyth, who is a member of the Duncan Chamber of Commerce, says he has a huge interest in seeing small and medium business growth in the riding to increase employment, capital ownership and keep our young people at home.
He says he also has great interest and real experience in an environmentally-friendly economy which preserves our great nation for future generations.