Horgan to campaign in Prince George Thursday


BC NDP leader John Horgan will campaign in the Interior Thursday with stops in Prince George, Quesnel, and Williams Lake. BC NDP photo

BC NDP leader John Horgan will be campaigning in Prince George on Thursday.

The event will be Horgan’s first campaign stop following the televised leader’s debate on Wednesday evening.

Horgan, along with Prince George-Mackenzie candidate Bobby Deepak and Prince George-Valemount candidate Natalie Fletcher, will be at Nancy O’s for a townhall-style event at 10:20 a.m. Following the event here, he will hop on the NDP campaign bus and head off to events in Quesnel and Williams Lake later in the day.

The trip is Horgan’s first visit to central interior during the campaign. Liberal leader Christy Clark, who was in Prince George Friday, criticized the NDP leader for not campaigning outside of the Lower Mainland.

Horgan, meanwhile, has criticized Clark for not acting more forcefully on the softwood lumber issue. Earlier this week the U.S. Commerce Department announced countervailing duties, averaging just under 20 per cent, on Canadian lumber exports.

“I am disappointed that Christy Clark failed to make getting a deal a priority, and failed to lead British Columbia to a fair resolution on softwood lumber,” he said in a press release Wednesday. “She has not treated this issue with the urgency it deserves. Because of delay and inaction, thousands of B.C. workers are now risk losing their jobs and their livelihoods.

He pointed out that Alberta Premier Rachel Notley and Saskatchewan Premier Brad Wall have both visited Washington D.C. to lobby for their respective provinces since Donald Trump became president.

Horgan said if he is elected premier, he will travel to Washington DC within 30 days to “make sure B.C. is properly represented in the softwood lumber dispute.”