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Climate change top issue for Green Party candidate

Prince George-Peace River-Northern Rockies Green Party candidate Catharine Kendall speaks to supporters at the party’s campaign office opening Friday. Bill Phillips photo

Catharine Kendall is motivated to see things happen and to see things change. That’s why she has decided to carry the Green Party banner in the Prince George-Peace River-Northern Rockies riding.

“Climate change, it’s at the top of the list,” she said of the main issues she wants to focus on. “If I went through my top three; climate change, Indigenous issues, and then agriculture.”

Part of the Green Party platform is to take a look at greenhouse gas emissions and what contributes to them. She knows that might not necessarily go over well in the Prince George-Peace River-Northern Rockies, especially in the northeast.

“We’re looking at the northeast and we’re looking at the oil and gas and how will we manage the oil and gas industry … take a hard look at what we’re going to do,” she said.

Kendall has been working in community development in Prince George for the past 20 years. She lives at Eaglet Lake and has been involved in the Farmer’s Institute there.

The riding has been a solid Conservative riding for several elections but Kendall says things can change.

“I’ve been told I won’t win, but I’m here to give it a fighting chance,” she said. “I think a lot of people are starting to think differently now, so that’s exciting … People want to see an end to petty politics where people are spending time just picking on each other and talking about people aren’t doing. I want to talk about what we’re going to do and actually do it.”

She declined to comment on the Justin Trudeau brown-face controversy nor did she comment on the decision to allow Peoples Party of Canada leader Maxime Bernier into the federal leaders’ debates.

She likes the Green Party’s chances of making some breakthroughs this election.

“Lots of people are thinking differently,” she said. “An urgent issue that’s at the top of list is climate change and people realize we shouldn’t realize that we live a life of luxury here on this planet and in this country.”

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