August 22, 2016 - 5:02 PM
KAMLOOPS - Barbara Nederpel will be the NDP candidate in the upcoming provincial election in May 2017 for Kamloops-North Thompson.
She announced her candidacy for the party’s nomination today, Aug 22 and while local members of the NDP haven’t voted yet, the riding association’s president Michael Crawford says Nederpel was the only candidate who expressed interest and was vetted by the nomination deadline.
“On Sept. 17 in Clearwater, Barriere and Kamloops, B.C. NDP members will be acclaiming Barb Nederpel as their candidate,” Crawford says.
Nederpel criticized the riding’s current Liberal MLA Terry Lake who also serves as the province’s Minister of Health.
“Terry Lake broke his promise that every British Columbian would have a physician by 2015,” she says. She brought up senior care and the privatization of health care as major issues.
Nederpel also attacked the Liberal’s jobs creation record, citing the province's minimum wage, the lowest in Canada. She says recent job growth in the province has been in the Lower Mainland while the Kamloops region has a much higher rate of rate of unemployment than the provincial average.
Nederpel is a health care worker, vice-president with the Hospital Employees Union in B.C. and president of the Kamloops and District Labour Council.
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