With speculation rampant across the province whether Premier John Horgan may call a fall election a couple of hints dropped into place Thursday … or not.
The NDP have named possible candidates for both the Nechako Lakes and Skeena ridings, both current held by the Liberals.
Anne Marie Sam has announced she is seeking the BC NDP nomination to run in the riding of Nechako Lakes. The riding is currently held by Liberal MLA John Rustad.
Sam has raised three children in Fort St. James and her family has lived in the region for generations.
“I love this place and I’m so proud to come from such a resilient community. At the same time people are facing real challenges and many are worried about the future,” Sam said. “I want to join John Horgan’s team to develop solutions to the challenges people are facing and deliver support for our resource dependent communities.”
Sam has served as a school trustee in Nechako Lakes, Councillor for the Nak’azdli Band Council and as senior staff to the Minister of Indigenous Relations and Reconciliation during development of the legislation to enshrine the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples into law in B.C.
“It’s time the people of Nechako Lakes had a strong representative in Victoria,” Sam said. “I will work hard every day for the people our communities to make life better for them.”
Nicole Halbauer (X’staam Hana’ax) has announced she will be seeking the BC NDP nomination in the riding of Skeena, currently held by Ellis Ross of the BC Liberals.
“People here need someone who stands up for them and helps them with the challenges they’re facing – especially since the pandemic began,” Halbauer said, “John Horgan’s leadership during this time has been inspirational and I want to be part of his team to make life better for people in communities across Skeena.”
As the current chair of the board of directors at Coast Mountain College, Halbauer has helped secure $18.7 million in funding for a new residence at the Terrace campus. She is also passionate about the Contact North program which connects students in remote and Indigenous communities to online learning.
She lives in Terrace with her husband where they keep several chickens and horses. She loves to unplug and go horseback riding.
“My motivation is my two-year granddaughter,” Halbauer said. “I want her to grow up in a community where everyone can get a good job, access to the healthcare and treatment they need, afford a good place to live, all within a sustainable economy.”
Halbauer has a masters of business administration from UNBC, and is accredited by the Institute for Corporate Directors from the Rotman School of Business.