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Greens announce candidate for Kamloops-North Thompson

The B.C. Greens have selected Thomas Martin as its candidate in Kamloops-North Thompson.
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September 29, 2020 - 6:30 PM

The provincial election just happens to coincide with Thomas Martin's wedding day. Not a big deal, unless you are the newly announced Green candidate for Kamloops-North Thompson.

Despite the Oct. 24 election being on the same day as the planned nuptials, he and his fiancée still intend to tie the knot, according to a B.C. Green party media release.

So far, Martin is up against Liberal incumbent Peter Milobar and the NDP's Sadie Hunter.

Martin studied natural resource sciences at UBC in Vancouver before moving to Kamloops in 2011 to fight wildfires. He fought alongside members of the Canadian Armed Forces near Merritt in 2018.

"Climate change is the defining issue of my generation," Martin said in the release. "We need urgent action to address the unfolding climate emergency."

Martin is currently a wildfire project manager for Cabin Resource Management. In this role he leads various wildfire related forestry projects including wildfire risk reduction projects, community wildfire protection plans and supervises forestry operations.

"I work in forestry and I want a better future for our natural resource sector," he said. "We can have a resource sector that strengthens rural communities through economic development, makes evidence-based ecologically sound decisions, and strives for reconciliation and collaboration with Indigenous peoples."

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