Jennifer Clarke speaks at a school trustees candidates’ meeting in Nanaimo this past fall. Clarke is the People’s Party of Canada candidate for Nanaimo-Ladysmith. NEWS BULLETIN file photo

People’s Party of Canada chooses B.C. women as its first candidates

Jennifer Clarke in Nanaimo-Ladysmith and Laura-Lynn Tyler Thompson in Burnaby South to represent PPC

A Nanaimo woman is one of the first-ever candidates for the People’s Party of Canada.

PPC members in Nanaimo-Ladysmith chose Jennifer Clarke as the party’s potential byelection candidate at a meeting Saturday in the north end.

Laura-Lynn Tyler Thompson was chosen to represent the PPC in Burnaby South as the party seeks to be prepared for “the two upcoming B.C. byelections,” according to its Facebook page.

Clarke said she thinks a byelection in Nanaimo-Ladysmith will happen “fairly shortly” and said the People’s Party of Canada will have a strong presence in the campaign. She said PPC leader Maxime Bernier – who is expected to visit the riding as soon as this week – is an “amazing” speaker and person with a strong message and a lot of good leadership qualities.

“We’ve got people from all the parties realizing that they’re wanting something fresh and new, that has integrity, that is honest, that’s doing politics differently, that is listening to the people,” she said.

Clarke ran for school trustee in the October local government election, falling about 2,300 votes short, and then tried in November for the Conservative Party of Canada nomination.

“For the sake of getting [Prime Minister Justin Trudeau] out, I wanted to stay united as much as possible,” Clarke said. “But I realized that this is a much more positive platform, where [Bernier] is here for all Canadians.”

Clarke suggested she has a lot of freedom of speech to speak about the issues important to her built right into the party platform.

“I think that’s part of what Canada needs, is to have those freedoms back implemented with the Charter of Rights and Freedoms – the freedom of speech, freedom of religion, freedom of conscience, freedom of assembly, all the different freedoms – to be really promoted because I think at this point we’ve been losing ground in those areas,” she said.

Shannon Kewley, PPC provincial organizer who will manage the campaigns in both Burnaby South and Nanaimo-Ladysmith, said Clarke is a bright, knowledgeable candidate who already has community support.

Kewley said the People’s Party of Canada was able to set up 42 electoral district associations in nine weeks and said there are strong boards in place that are ready to go and are raising money.

“It is amazing. We’ve got so many people coming to us from all parties – from the NDP, from the Liberals, from the Conservatives – because their leaders and their platforms, they have nothing to offer, and especially in British Columbia,” Kewley said. “Maxime is just resonating with British Columbians with his common-sense approach.”

Clarke is holding a meet and greet today, Jan. 8, from 1:30-8 p.m. at Kiwanis Manor at 1201 Kiwanis Cres.



editor@nanaimobulletin.com

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter

Just Posted

Mill undergoing four-week shutdown

Canfor closing other mills as well

Smithers man receives two-year sentence for fatal car crash

Over a year after a fatal crash, a Smithers man has been sentenced to two years plus a day in jail.

First Nations push for massive conservation area in northern B.C.

Includes ancestral areas of three Kaska Dena First Nations, just shy of the B.C.-Yukon border

Tahltan reach benefits agreement over Seabridge’s massive KSM gold mine project

$308M agreement provides additional billions for Tahltan jobs, contracts

B.C. court to mull continuing order against Coastal Gaslink pipeline opponents

Coastal GasLink was granted an interim injunction in December following arrests and protests

VIDEO: Trans Mountain expansion project gets green light, again

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced the decision in Ottawa on Tuesday afternoon

MPs hear retired B.C. nurse’s petition to change compensation for fatal medical errors

Teri McGrath wants provinces to implement no-fault system for medical errors

Horgan says he’ll still defend B.C. coast after second Trans Mountain approval

Meanwhile, one B.C. First Nation has announced plans for a legal challenge

Demonstrators on either side of Trans Mountain debate clash in Vancouver

Crowd heard from member of Indigenous-led coalition that hopes to buy 51% of expansion project

Grieving B.C. mom hopes Facebook message leads to new investigation into son’s Surrey homicide

Criminal Justice Branch didn’t lay charges, concluding no substantial likelihood of murder or manslaughter conviction

B.C.’s measles vaccination program gains traction in May

More than 15,000 doses of the MMR vaccine has been administered across the province

B.C. farmers concerned Agricultural Land Reserve changes choking their livelihood

Dozens voice concerns at special meeting hosted on Vancouver Island

UPDATE: Two-year-old involved in Chilliwack pool drowning has died

Toddler was reported to not be breathing as air ambulance called out Thursday afternoon

Family frustrated Terrace dad with advanced cancer must wait weeks for treatment

‘We can see his health declining every day,’ daughter says

Most Read