The decision to step forward as a candidate for election is based in the same values I have lived my whole life. My family were first-wave refugees four generations ago. I was taught that as Canadians we enjoy a privilege that surpasses any other birthplace in the world. This privilege is not earned, and it makes me responsible to contribute in every possible way to my community.
I do so now under the Green banner because this movement recognizes that we need a new political model. Simply put, our culture, which includes our economy, cannot exist if we do not have air, water, and soil. Every decision we make about every resource that we access, must be filtered through that understanding.
Decision makers for the 21st century must move away from 19th century, growth-above-all, thinking and into a value system of a thriving, contained society.
We must also seek basic social justice for all our human family, and work to eliminate inequity. Natural environment, social environment, and economic environment, balanced, one not sacrificed for the other.
The Cariboo-Chilcotin can take leadership for the 21st century; this election is the time to get it right for BC.