To the editor,
I spent Saturday morning with a South Asian-Canadian named Bill.
Vickie and Bill’s wife Satwinder were with us. I watched Bill, who is seeking to represent this riding, interact with people in both markets.
He spent 20 minutes with an evacuated Falkland couple who aren’t even in this riding. I watched him confront racism and bigotry in the crowd and defend his principles.
As a young boy, Bill grew up in Williams Lake and after the early death of his dad, his mother cleaned houses and took in laundry to make ends meet. Bill has known discrimination and poverty in his life and has empathy for the less fortunate. Along with empathy, he learned to fight for his beliefs and learned to support himself by working in a mill so that he could go to university and become a lawyer.
His career as a lawyer and a judge has been highlighted by a desire to bring justice and fairness for all, especially for those who’s voices are not heard in the halls of power.
As I have said, Bill is seeking to represent us on behalf of the New Democratic Party. This is his second attempt to seek election to the federal parliament, so having travelled the Kamloops-Cariboo-Thompson riding, he has a good understanding of its people.
My preference is obviously for Bill Sundhu, but my concern is that you all get out and vote because democracy is a fragile structure that depends on your participation in this power-concentrated world.
Your vote is your power, make it count.