Wave of Green support grows, candidate says

September 29, 2016 10:02 A.M.
Dan Hines has been acclaimed as the Green Party candidate in Kamloops-North Thompson.

Dan Hines is the official candidate for the B.C. Green Party in the Kamloops North Thompson Electoral District.

The Anglican priest and counsellor was acclaimed by the B.C. Greens and his candidacy was confirmed at Reubin's a popular North Kamloops diner Thursday morning.

Hines revealed some initiatives of the Green platform: banning corporate and union donations to provincial parties, developing a new relationship between First Nations and the provincial government, addressing climate change and planning for the thoughtful transition towards a stronger 21st century economy.

“I’m glad to be part of this movement for change and for new leadership," he said. "It is clearly evident that a wave of Green support and activism is growing,” said Hines.

Andrew Weaver, MLA and B.C. Green Party leader, and retired educator Chris Rose, a recipient of the Order of B.C., also showed their support for Hines.

“Dan is a leader who in his words strives to create a more just, compassionate and healthy world,” Rose said.

Born and raised in the city, Hines has served on boards for local social agencies and is well known in the community. He has a diverse background in small business ownership, contracting, management, university instruction, and serving as a priest in Kamloops and area. He's raised two daughters here and is a founding member of the RareBirds Housing Co-operative, an innovative sustainable community project.

Hines recalled his roots in Kamloops and the North Thompson valley, and said he cares deeply about the region. His father was a local rancher and logger who also cared deeply about the land, his mother was a community care nurse, and his grandparents included a game warden and sheep rancher in the Kamloops area.

City Coun. Donovan Cavers has declared his intention to represent the Greens in Kamloops-South in the provincial election next spring.

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