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NDP announces candidate for Vernon-Monashee

September 29, 2020 - 6:30 PM

A Vernon Jubilee Hospital nurse who has been dealing with COVID-19 patients has been named the NDP candidate for the Vernon-Monashee region.

Harwinder Sandhu, a nurse at Vernon Jubilee Hospital, says running in the provincial election is a natural extension of the work she is currently doing at the hospital, according to an NDP press release.

“When deciding to run, I had to ask myself, do I try to improve health care by working at the hospital or should I go to Victoria to join John Horgan's government and work for better health care for all British Columbians?” she said in the release. “As a patient care coordinator in one of the COVID wards at the hospital, I am well aware that the B.C. NDP government has earned top marks for how it handled the pandemic.”

As part of her role as a regional lobby coordinator for the British Columbia Nurses' Union, she has addressed a number of issues pertinent to health care, including patient safety and the safety of healthcare workers, given the violence and trauma they are exposed to on a daily basis.

Sandhu last ran for the NDP in the federal riding of North Okanagan-Shuswap and has a history here of community advocacy through the BCNU, with various charities such as the Vernon Food Bank, Sock it to Poverty, Coldest Night of the Year, and the Heart and Stroke Foundation.

Other issues that dominate her concerns are decent wages, the environment and especially clean water, climate change and support for small business, according to the press release.

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