Dennis Giesbrecht, BC Conservatives, and Sadie Hunter, BC NDP, are both candidates of the Kamloops-North Thompson riding. (Submitted photos)

North Thompson candidates mingle with locals at farmer’s market

It was a rainy Saturday morning in Clearwater, but that didn’t stop two Kamloops-North Thompson candidates from heading down to the farmer’s market to mingle with the locals.

BC Conservative candidate Dennis Giesbrecht and BC NDP candidate Sadie Hunter made the trip up Highway 5 to an area they both have connections to, whether it be camping and other outdoor activities or while playing hockey as a youth.

“It’s a great opporunity to be outside and have conversations and interact with people in a way that’s safe,” said Hunter. “I just really want to give people the opportunity to get to know me and put a voice to the name and to the face.”

Setting up a meet-and-greet at the market is one way the candidates can get exposure in the community, while also hearing concerns from the people and let the community know what they stand for and advocate for.

Giesbrecht said his main focus is resources. His background is in oil and gas and his message is that resource-based industries aren’t all bad.

“They bring a lot of good to communities and a lot of good jobs,” he told The Times. “They support families and we need to get the positive message out.”

ALSO READ: Candidates announce $106 million investment for Kamloops region highways

Giesbrecht has been with the BC Conservatives for a few years and said, “If not now, when?” when asked why he is running in this election. He’s one of just 19 candidates for the party.

“It’s a riding that’s close to my heart,” he said. “I grew up around here, so, no better time than today.”

In giving her reason for running in this years’ snap election, Hunter said “it’s time for a different voice and a different perspective.”

She added her lived experience of living in low-income housing and raising her son on her own while going to university gives her knowlege of what it’s like to adjust. Graduating in 2007 just before the recession, she said, came with similar challenges that we’re seeing today.

“I do understand some of those fears because I’ve lived them, in terms of ‘How am I going to pay my bills? What am I going to do next, do I need to re-train?’” said Hunter. “I think I can speak to a lot of those issues with perspective and experience.”

As far as what the candidates are advocating for, there’s a lot to choose from right now, from economic recovery and boosting resource industries, to providing financial security and child care, while also tackling the opioid epidemic. Indeed, the COVID-19 pandemic has exacerbated many of these issues.

ALSO READ: Candidates discuss mental health, Indigenous relations during virtual forum

For Geisbrecht, he reiterated that a positive outlook on resource-based economies and industries are important as they support the community locally. In addition, for Clearwater and the region, high-speed internet is a must.

“A lot of people have realized since the pandemic hit that you can actually work from home,” he said. “If we can get the internet system up to a standard where people can do that effectively I think we’ll see even more growth in the region.”

Hunter, however, said economic recovery, including jobs, daycare and child care costs, education costs and healthcare for seniors are three higher level issues that she considers important.

The pandemic has effected people from all walks of life and has highlighted where society could improve.

But, she added, we also live in a time where we have a climate crisis and a public health emergency with the opioid epidemic.

“There’s a lot of conflating issues,” said Hunter.

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter

BC politicsBC Votes 2020

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

A dose of COVID-19 vaccine is prepared at a vaccination clinic in Montreal’s Olympic Stadium on Tuesday, Feb. 23, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Paul Chiasson
39 new cases of COVID-19 in Interior Health region

The total number of cases in the region since the pandemic began is now at 7,334

A rainbow shining on Kelowna General Hospital on May 12, 2020 International Nurses Day. (Steve Wensley - Prime Light Media)
New COVID cases trending down in Interior Health

24 new cases reported Thursday, Feb. 25, death at Kelowna General Hospital

From left: Councillor Lucy Taylor, Councillor Barry Banford, Councillor Bill Haring, Mayor Merlin Blackwell, Councillor Lynne Frizzle, Councillor Lyle Mckenzie and Councillor Shelley Sim. (District of Clearwater photo)
Council to consider raising taxes in 2021

The District of Clearwater council is considering a tax increase this year… Continue reading

A nurse performs a test on a patient at a drive-in COVID-19 clinic in Montreal, on Wednesday, October 21, 2020. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Paul Chiasson)
30 new COVID-19 cases, five more deaths in Interior Health

This brings the total number of cases to 7,271 since testing began

FILE – A COVID-19 vaccine being prepared. (Olivia Sullivan/Sound Publishing)
B.C. seniors 80 years and older to get COVID vaccine details over next 2 weeks: Henry

Province is expanding vaccine workforce as officials ramp up age-based rollout

Abbotsford’s Kris Collins turned to TikTok out of boredom when the provincial COVID-19 lockdown began in March 2020. She now has over 23 million followers on the video app. Photo: Submitted
Internet famous: Abbotsford’s Kris Collins is a TikTok comedy queen

Collins has found surprise stardom alone with a phone

Nanaimo children’s author and illustrator Lindsay Ford’s latest book is ‘Science Girl.’ (Photo courtesy Lindsay Ford)
B.C. children’s writer encourages girls to pursue the sciences in new book

Lindsay Ford is holding a virtual launch for latest book, ‘Science Girl’

Pig races at the 145th annual Chilliwack Fair on Aug. 12, 2017. Monday, March 1, 2021 is Pig Day. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress file)
Unofficial holidays: Here’s what people are celebrating for the week of Feb. 28 to March 6

Pig Day, Canadian Bacon Day and Grammar Day are all coming up this week

Staff from the Marine Mammal Rescue Centre, passersby, RCMP and Nanaimo Fire Rescue carried a sick 300-kilogram steller sea lion up the steep bluff at Invermere Beach in north Nanaimo in an attempt to save the animal’s life Thursday. (Photo courtesy Marine Mammal Rescue Centre)
300-kilogram sea lion muscled up from B.C. beach in rescue attempt

Animal dies despite efforts of Nanaimo marine mammal rescue team, emergency personnel and bystanders

Doctors and counsellors warn of an increase in panic attacks, anxiety, depression and suicide ideas between ages 10 to 14, in Campbell River. ( Black Press file photo)
Extended pandemic feeding the anxieties of B.C.’s youth

Parents not sure what to do, urged to reach out for help

Kara Sorensen, diagnosed with lung cancer in July, says it’s important for people to view her as healthy and vibrant, rather than sick. (Photo courtesy of Karen Sorensen)
B.C. woman must seek treatment overseas for inoperable lung cancer

Fundraising page launched on Karen Sorensen’s behalf, with a goal of $250,000

Gina Adams as she works on her latest piece titled ‘Undying Love’. (Submitted photo)
‘Toothless’ the kitty inspires B.C. wood carver to break out the chainsaw

Inspired by plight of a toothless cat, Gina Adams offers proceeds from her artwork to help animals

B.C. Finance Minister Selina Robinson presents bill to delay B.C.’s budget as late as April 30, and allow further spending before that, B.C. legislature, Dec. 8, 2020. (Hansard TV)
How big is B.C.’s COVID-19 deficit? We’ll find out April 20

More borrowing expected as pandemic enters second year

The first of 11 Dash 8 Q400 aircraft's have arrived in Abbotsford. Conair Group Inc. will soon transform them into firefighting airtankers. (Submitted)
Abbotsford’s Conair begins airtanker transformation

Aerial firefighting company creating Q400AT airtanker in advance of local forest fire season

Most Read