Thursday, October 20, 2016

Rita Giesbrecht runs for BC Greens in Cariboo-Chilcotin

Today - the 100 Mile Free Press (sister paper to Williams Lake Tribune) reports that Rita Giesbrecht, who ran for 100 Mile District Council in the November 2014 Local Government Election has agreed to run for the BC Greens in the May 2017 Provincial Election

Ms. Giesbrecht says the following as to her reasons for running (from the BC Green Party's website):

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
The only other candidate in next May's provincial election in the Cariboo-Chilcotin provincial Electoral District is current Cariboo-Chilcotin MLA Donna Barnett who will be running for the BC Liberals seeking a third consecutive term

The BC NDP have yet to name their candidate in Cariboo-Chilcotin.


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