New Democrats in Kamloops will acclaim Barb Nederpel as their candidate for the May 2017 provincial election this Saturday in one of three nomination meetings held across the constituency.
"Barb Nederpel is an exceptional person, an energetic and experienced organizer, and a determined and fearless advocate for justice and equality" said Kamloops-North Thompson NDP constituency President Michael Crawford. "She is very involved in her community and will make an excellent representative for all residents as an MLA in Victoria."
Nederpel is a health care worker with IHA, serves as vice-president of the Hospital Employees' Union, and is president of Kamloops and District Labour Council. She lives in Kamloops with her partner Hans.
"Working in health care has shown me how often the healthcare system isn’t there for British Columbians when they need it” said Nederpel. "Christy Clark broke her promise to make sure everyone had a physician by 2015 and the situation is getting worse. BC can do better and we will when we form government next spring."
Nederpel is determined to hold the B.C. Liberals accountable for the highest poverty rates in the country and says the government has no plan to address it.
"Many people in Clearwater, Barriere, and Kamloops, while lucky enough to have full-time jobs, still can't make ends meet" Nederpel said. "Incrementally raising the minimum wage to $15 an hour will make life more affordable and help to give children the proper start they need in life."
The public is welcome to attend the nomination meeting set for 4 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 17, at the Holiday Inn on Tranquille Road.