Audrey McKinnon isn’t waiting for a highly-expected spring federal election call. She is letting Cariboo-Prince George New Democrats know now that she wants to be the party’s candidate in the next federal election … whenever it is called.
“I am incredibly excited to be seeking the nomination to run as the Cariboo-Prince George NDP candidate in the next federal election,” she posted on her Facebook page this morning.
McKinnon is best-known to Prince George voters as a CBC journalist, where she worked for more than six years. She has also worked at UNBC, Two Rivers Gallery, and is currently the communications officer for Carrier Sekani Tribal Council. She was Laura Parent’s campaign manager in last fall’s provincial election.
“Just seven years ago I was living in poverty as a single mother, barely able to feed my family,” she said in her post. “I received a lot of help in many forms from friends, family and kind strangers as I worked towards stability. Because of them, I am now in a position to give back in one of the most meaningful ways I can think of.
“I am running because I want to remove barriers for others who are struggling so that everyone can experience the health, stability and dignity we are entitled to. As your Member of Parliament, I will work tirelessly to end the opioid crisis that is killing our friends, neighbours and family members. I will work to build a secure future for everyone by addressing the climate crisis, dismantling systemic racism and removing financial barriers to dental care, mental health care and Pharmacare.”
She adds Canadians “need better representation in government that recognizes the root causes of the struggles we are facing together and understands first-hand what it means to face those challenges.”
No other candidates, for any party, have put their name forward yet. However, it is expected that incumbent Conservative Todd Doherty will be seeking re-election.
“Audrey is the best choice in her range of life experiences and she will use those to understand and serve the various needs of our riding,” said Heather Sapergia, who was the NDP candidate in 2019. “She will be able to connect with the diversity of people and circumstances in Cariboo-Prince George. Whether our riding members are ranchers, health care workers, seniors, youth, forestry workers, self-employed or any other life condition, I am confident Audrey will be our best choice.”
The federal government is set to present its budget April 19 and it is widely suggested that if Canadians do go to the polls this spring, that budget will be the trigger.