Anne Marie Sam was acclaimed as the BC NDP candidate for Nechako Lakes at a meeting March 28.
“Good jobs are disappearing and small northern communities are feeling the pressure,” said Sam, in a press release. “Christy Clark has neglected our forest industries and people here are struggling. What will keep people in northern towns like Fort St. James? When there are fewer opportunities for the younger generation the whole community suffers.
“John Horgan and the BC NDP have a plan to create good-paying jobs that last in communities like ours,” said Sam. “John has worked in mills. He understands how important these jobs are to our families and our communities.”
Horgan said Sam is the right person to stand up for Nechako Lakes.
“Anne Marie Sam has devoted herself to building resilient, strong northern communities,” said BC NDP Leader John Horgan. “She has what it takes to defeat Christy Clark and will be a strong voice for the people of Nechako Lakes.”
Sam is a councillor for the Nak’azdli Whut’en. She was a School Trustee for the School District 91 (Nechako Lakes) from 2011-14. She was previously elected to the Northern Aboriginal Authority for Families and Interim First Nations Health Council. Sam has worked extensively with First Nations and communities impacted by natural resource development and represented BC’s First Nations on the technical review of the province’s mining code following the Mount Polley tailings pond disaster.
She will be seeking unseat incumbent Liberal MLA John Rustad.