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City councillor acclaimed as BC NDP candidate for Kamloops-North Thompson

The announcement was made Monday morning in Kamloops’ North Shore

The BC NDP have put forward a candidate for the Kamloops-North Thompson riding in the province’s election on Oct. 24.

Kamloops City Councillor, Sadie Hunter, will be campaigning against incumbent, Peter Milobar, of the BC Liberal Party.

She was acclaimed and officially unveiled this morning at McDonald Park on the North Shore in Kamloops.

“It’s a critical time in B.C., and it’s a critical time in this region,” said Hunter to media.

“But, if the pandemic has taught us one thing, it’s that government should be there to lift people up, to use their strengths and fill in where they need help.”

As a single mother she said she accessed many services, including low-income housing, understanding the need for quality healthcare, daycare and education.

She also mentioned the tenure transfer from Canfor to Interfor, after the sawmill in Vavenby closed last year, specifying a “need to keep (the) momentum” and “keep British Columbia moving forward.”

“In contrast to the previous Liberal government, the NDP made sure a transfer of a public forest license from one company to the another in North Thompson was only done if it was in the public interest,” said Hunter.

“In the past, those tenure swaps were done with virtually no government oversight, despite the fact that it was public assets they were trading.”

Elected in 2018, Hunter is currently in the middle of her first term on city council and will take a leave during the provincial writ period.

“I’m eager to continue the work of delivering on what the people of Kamloops-North Thompson need,” she said.

The BC Greens have yet to put forward a candidate, with the deadline this Friday.

They did, however, announce a candidate for the Kamloops-South Thompson riding, Dan Hines, who previously sought office in the riding in 2017, taking 20.7 per cent of the vote.

Milobar took the riding in 2017 by about an 18 per cent margin.