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Robin Goldsbury

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Robin Goldsbury

Robin’s message is one of hard work and dynamic action. "We need determination and passion to keep our small community vitality on the Federal radar." That Robin believes she can guarantee. Her ultimate allegiance is to a sustainable, vital Kootenay-Columbia. Robin's values are rooted in fairness, integrity, foresight, collaboration, rational thinking, inclusion and hard work. Her broad Kootenay experience, multitasking nature, strong people skills and positive, energetic approach, make Robin the best candidate for MP in Kootenay-Columbia.

For over 25 years in the Kootenay business trenches she’s faced issues with staffing, succession and profitability mired by climate change, government policy and burn-out. She’s adapted to transportation issues, access to healthcare, affordability and housing. She’s been that volunteer struggling with capacity restrictions - few of us doing much.

Robin successfully managed her many projects with an entrepreneurial approach that’s sensitive to people and the environment. Her key strengths are researching, tested leadership, and award-winning strategy planning, implementation and management.

She found her home in the Liberal Party of Canada where she’s actively formed policy with the national women’s commission and pushed for the new Ministry of Rural Economic Development. Robin is also working on extended healthcare policies.

“Rural is relevant! We are relevant! Together we have the creative, collaborative and workable solutions for sustainable rural vitality. What's needed is the enthusiasm and the smarts to grab the government's attention and get the work done.”

 

 

Rob Morrison

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Rob Morrison

Rob Morrison has lived and worked in the Kootenay-Columbia region for the past 40 years. His father served in the Royal Canadian Air Force, which gave him wide-ranging exposure of the Canadian landscape at an early age; fostering a decision that expanded into a 35-year career serving his country as a Public Servant. Rob is a devoted husband with five children and an active community member with a passion for sustainable living and environmental awareness. His desire to serve coincides with his love for people, community, nature, wildlife and his ability to make a difference. He travels extensively to remote communities and areas throughout the Kootenay-Columbia region, to understand the day-to-day issues residents and business owners are facing.

Throughout his career, Rob has served in various prestigious leadership roles, moving up the ranks and forging strong collaborative relationships with multiple levels of government, private sector, academia, and senior executives. In 2013 he ended his tenure as Director General with the Treasury Board Secretariat where he was responsible for an information-sharing environment with all law enforcement agencies and foreign governments. As well as being officially recognized by the Prime Minister for his years of loyal public service, Rob received multiple recognitions, including a Commissioners Commendation for Outstanding Service.

Prior to his role as Director General, Rob served as a Senior Executive Chief Superintendent responsible for policing service delivery models throughout British Columbia. His ability to listen and understand grassroots issues and take all levels of ideas and concerns into account have played key factors in some of the successful initiatives Rob spearheaded within his career and community involvement. He has significant experience engaging with all levels of Government (National and International), and spent devoted time attending town hall meetings to ensure unique communities were afforded the best possible service delivery models.

During his service with the RCMP, Rob was recruited as an expert to speak publically at several international conferences introducing safe and secure law enforcement models to work against organized crime and national security threats. He served as a diplomat with the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFAIT) where he was responsible for 17 countries in Central/Southwest Asia and the Middle East, and engaged firsthand with Senior Foreign Government Officials as well as Canadians in foreign countries representing the voice of Canada. 

Rob is inspired and committed to help the Conservative Party take back Kootenay/Columbia in the 2019 Federal Election. He has the foundation to catapult the Conservative Party to the next level and step into the next line of political rank, bringing a strong, polished and respected conservative voice to address our needs and concerns as individuals, community, and as a nation. Rob’s priorities are:

  • Infrastructure (National Parks road enhancements)
  • Planned Immigration process with accountability
  • International Trade (Softwood/Mining)
  • Financial Accountability
  • Safety and Security of Canadians.

Rob values his relationships and is continuously building bridges with government, communities, and the many people that he has met and worked with throughout his distinguished career serving our country.

With solid leadership and experience, we have an opportunity to provide Kootenay-Columbians the tools to get ahead and not just get by. It is time for smaller government and accountability. It is time for leadership. We absolutely must provide our children and grandchildren with a secure future, by leaving our beautiful corner of the world in a better place!

 

 

Wayne Steski

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Wayne Stetski

On your side in Kootenay—Columbia

Elected in 2015 to represent Kootenay – Columbia riding, Wayne has served the public for most of his life. Before coming to Ottawa, Wayne was an active community volunteer, Mayor of Cranbrook and Regional Manager for BC Ministry of Environment. He and his wife Audrey and family have lived in the Kootenays for 29 years.

While in Ottawa Wayne has served as Vice-Chair of the House of Commons Standing Committee on the Environment and Sustainable Development, NDP Critic for National Parks, Co-Chair of the All-Party Cycling Caucus and Vice-Chair of the Canada-Philippines Friendship Group.

Serving you is the most important work he and his staff do everyday!

 

Abra Brynne

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Abra Brynne

Abra Brynne is a nationally respected agriculture and food systems consultant with twenty-eight years of direct involvement in the sector. While her focus is on the communities and food systems of the Kootenays, where she has lived for twenty-nine years, she works with organizations and communities across Canada as a volunteer, a mentor, and on contract.
 
She has been deeply engaged in many facets of food systems, from policy to organics, from meat systems to retail, working with a broad range of clients and organizations. Abra feels that food can be a vehicle for fostering the health of individuals, communities, the environment, and local economies.
 
Shortly after arriving in the West Kootenays, Abra served as chair of the West Kootenay Women’s Association and was involved in the acquisition of a private house for the Nelson Women's Centre. In the mid-1990’s she shifted her focus to food, uniting her concerns about the environment, climate change, justice, vibrant economies, health, reconciliation, and culture under one broad umbrella. Abra is a founding member of numerous local, provincial and national organizations, including the BC Food Systems Network, Food Secure Canada, and the Canadian Association of Food Law and Policy.  She currently serves as the Chair of USC Canada and is President of the Kootenay Country Store Cooperative in Nelson BC.
 
Abra is deeply concerned about the social and environmental upheaval being experienced around the world and feels that the Green Party is the only political party with the vision and courage to effectively tackle these pressing issues.
 
Abra grew up on a farm in BC’s Okanagan Valley and, as part of a family of thirteen, learned the value of co-operation and hard work from an early age. She lives with her partner of twenty-six years in Nelson BC and has two grown children.

 

Rick Stewart

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Rick Stewart

Rick Stewart is a former forester, environmental consultant, and veteran of the Canadian Armed Forces. Rick has lived and worked in the Kootenays since 1972 and resides in Nelson, British Columbia.
In 1974, after a summer working on a fire suppression crew at Bush Harbour north of Golden, Rick joined the Canadian Armed Forces and attended basic training in Cornwallis, Nova Scotia, followed by specialized training at Camp Borden, Ontario.

In 1976, Rick was posted to Montreal as part of the security contingent for the Olympics, and honourably discharged from the military in 1977.  He returned to the Kootenays to work as a logger and supervise summer fire-suppression crews for the Forest Service while earning a diploma in Forest Technology diploma in 1981 at Selkirk College. During that time he enjoyed hang gliding off various mountain peaks near Kaslo and Mica Creek, scuba diving, skiing, hunting and fishing.

In 1982, Rick enrolled in the University of Alberta Forestry program and was sponsored by the Finnish wood procurement firm Puulaaki Oy, for 4 months summer employment in Finland. During that summer Rick travelled behind the“Iron Curtain”to western Russia and saw first-hand how people were forced to live under communism. Rick recalls, “It was an eye-opening experience in a dystopian country with good people who lacked freedom and hope.”

During his studies, Rick spent a year as an exchange student at Clemson University in South Carolina and worked as an assistant in the Forest Pathology Lab. As a member of the Clemson Forestry Club he won the orienteering event at a major forestry competition in Louisiana to help Clemson take top spot among 12 universities. In 1986 he earned his Bachelor of Forest Science from the University of Alberta.
In 1987 Rick went to work with the Ministry of Forests in Williams Lake and became the Regional Forest Health Officer in Nelson in 1990.  He mapped insect and disease outbreaks with district staff and his federal counterparts responsible for the National Parks and helped district offices plan future timber harvesting and implement their Forest Health programs.

In 1996, he became an Audit Team Manager with the Forest Practices Board and worked in all areas of the province to plan, supervise and report on audits of company and government forestry practices.
In 2000, Rick left government and incorporated his own company to provide environmental consulting services in the Oil and Gas fields of western Canada.  Clients included Devon Canada, MEG Energy, EnCana Oil and Gas, and Southern Pacific Energy Corp for oil sands exploration (OSE) projects and steam assisted gravity drainage (SAGD) drilling programs.  Rick held a First Line Supervisors Blowout Prevention ticket at one time, but his primary activities were the planning and supervision of drilling waste storage, safety briefings, water licensing, soil and drilling fluid analysis, drilling rig and facility inspections, incident investigation, construction of waste storage facilities, spill response, site rehabilitation, waste manifesting and transportation. At various times Rick worked with Other clients throughout western Canada included Nexen Resources, Exon Mobil, EOG Resources Canada, Total Oil and Gas, Husky Oil, Canadian Natural Resources Limited, and New Alta.

Rick retired in 2014 to enjoy his home of 29 years on Kootenay Lake. He always enjoyed river tripping by canoe and wilderness exploration and travelled many rivers included major sections of the Columbia, Elk, Kootenay, Little Missouri, Flathead, Red Deer, Rio Grande, Suwannee, Milk, Kettle, Similkameen, Yellowstone and Zambezi River in Africa.

After returning from a 6 month tour of Australia in a camper van, Rick became concerned with what he calls the utter insanity of the Liberal’s large deficits and additional taxation while pursuing a program of dubious social engineering.“I refuse to roll over while foreign interests and Liberal’s engage in the “shakedown” of Canada and its culture. They are driving away investment and placing a huge yoke of debt on our children.  This is unacceptable and I won’t be lectured about Canadian values by the media and Liberal left”.

Rick originally worked with the Conservative party and was a nominee for candidate but resigned from the party after Andrew Scheer abandoned Conservative principles.“I was a political orphan for 4 months with nowhere to go until Maxime Bernier started the People’s Party of Canada. I share his common sense vision for Canada and want to be the next Member of Parliament to represent the people in the riding of Kootenay-Columbia.  I have lived and worked throughout the riding for nearly 50 years and know the area and people well.  I believe in a strong and principled government that puts Canadians first and works for the people, not the other way around.”

 

Terry Tiessen

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Terry Tiessen

CALLING ALL LIBERTARIANS OF KOOTENAY-COLUMBIA DISTRICT.

I am our voice!  BUT, I need help. If we are to speak up for free markets, property rights and individual freedoms in our backyard, I have been chosen to be that voice.

As a journalist of the truth and someone seeking public office, I will give some transparency to myself.

I was born in London, Ontario in 1968. My parents decided to become missionaries to the Phillippenes and moved there in 1970. This experience for me gave me a deep compassion for the third world and the financial discrepancies globally. Living through Martial Law By the American backed despot, Ferdinand Marcos and the assassination of Benigno Aquino and subsequent People Power revolution that removed Marcos from power. A profound social awareness was brewing in my spirit. I was Class of 86 at Faith Academy, a missionary school accredited by the California school board and seething with smug superiority. We then moved to Canada.

My introduction to Western Life in Canada was a shock to my system. My 20;s were spent trying to right all the wrongs in the world. Protesting everything, working for Greenpeace and West Coast Canada Wilderness, and being a activist with all my spare time. I was arrested for blockading a golf course on Agriculture reserve land, thrown out of a McDonalds because we were doing a skit with actual McDonalds garbage glued all over us. Started a Canvasing department for the Gitxsan and wetsuit land claims and was a founding 14 at the Francis Street Squats

Click to watch a Movie about the Francis Street Squats and the Activist Culture in 1990 Vancouver.

However, I was tired of being against it all and wanted to start living for something. I immersed myself in the world of community building. Trying the alternative lifestyle of communes, organic farming, heritage seed collection, primitive living skills, free energy devices, conflict resolution, NAC, polygamy, native rights and spirituality and complete libertarian sovereignty. At this time I was a Founder of the Slocan Community Library  and along with a Conspiracy radio show on C0-0p Radio I began to formulate my plan.

THE PLAN

The goal is to utilise my potential to it’s fullest and to better the world around me. In school I was president of the student council and most thought a career in politics fitting. I needed a way to help others. I started my first YouTube channel and Twitter account to spread the word, and now in the tradition of Rebal Media and Press for Truth I have started the free press source Canadian Awakening Independent Media. But….this is not enough for me and my potential , thus my political aspirations.

 

 

Trev Miller

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Trev Miller

Trev Miller is a seven-year Cranbrook resident. He’s a founder of the Cranbrook Friends of Animals Society and a passionate advocate for animals, people, and the environment.

Trev has training and experience as a journalist, and in 2011 he graduated with an undergraduate degree in psychology from the University of Alberta. He’s a manager in a large customer service establishment.

He considers conversations as opportunities to learn and looks forward to engaging discussions about the environment, and how we as compassionate Kootenay residents can treat animals respectfully.

Trev brings an understanding of research and a sympathetic ear, and is running with the goal of being a clear, compassionate voice for electors.

 

 

Connie Denesiuk

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Connie Denesiuk

Born and raised here, I have deep roots in the South Okanagan West Kootenay region. I understand the vibrant character and challenges experienced within the region.

I have worked hard to earn the reputation as an elected leader who effectively builds consensus and brings people together. First elected to the Okanagan-Skaha school board in 1992, I was re-elected six times and served nine of my 19 years as Chair. 

My husband Bob and I raised our four children while running a successful local business for 39 years. We understand the value of a hard-earned dollar and the pressure to balance work and family. Like many of you, we pinched our pennies and worked hard to plan for our retirement years.

I was elected for three terms as President of the BC School Trustees Association and served all boards of education in BC. In this role on the provincial stage, I was a strong and effective advocate for public education, students and staff during a time when public education was under threat of funding and service cutbacks. 

Most recently I returned to school to earn my Masters Degree and served six years on the Okanagan College Board of Governors, three as Chair.

I am proud of the Liberal platform’s commitment to make life better for Canadians. We have the best plan to invest in seniors, parents and the middle class. I am also proud of our plan to continue to invest in the environment and infrastructure.

The South Okanagan West Kootenay region has diverse needs and issues. We need an elected leader with a proven track record of delivering results. We need to elect a party that will continue to grow the economy, grow the middle class and work to combat climate change.

 

 

Helena Konanz

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Helena Konanz

I have been a Penticton City Councillor for the past 7 years and a board member of the Regional District Okanagan Similkameen for the past 4 years. I have an undergraduate degree in Political Science, and I received a master’s degree from UBC Okanagan in June 2019. My husband and I have been small business owners in the Okanagan for over 25 years. I am a former professional tennis player and seven-time national Canadian master’s tennis champion. My husband and I have 2 children, Zakary and Zoe.

After knocking on over 28,000 doors throughout the South Okanagan-West Kootenay Riding over the past year, the number one thing I hear from residents is that they are barely able to get by financially. This needs to be addressed. The huge increases in cost of living are being ignored by this Liberal government, as well as the NDP that supports them. In particular, the cost of groceries is repeatedly mentioned, along with the outrageous increase in gasoline prices.

A Conservative government will address this issue by eliminating the federal carbon tax and introduce a universal tax cut that will save the average family over $850 a year.  We will put more money in your pocket with policies like eliminating GST on home heating and taxes on parental leave. Under Trudeau life continues to grow more unaffordable. A Conservative government will put more money in your pocket, so you can get ahead.

 

Richard Cannings

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Richard Cannings

On your side in South Okanagan—West Kootenay

As a biologist, Richard has spent his life working tirelessly to protect BC’s environment. Richard brought this commitment to Ottawa in 2015 when he was elected Member of Parliament for South Okanagan–West Kootenay.

Richard knows Canada must act now to stop climate change. He’s ready to stand with Jagmeet and the NDP to take bold action on wasteful plastics and create thousands of good quality green jobs for Canadians across the country.

Before running for public office, Richard served on many provincial and national boards and was the author of several award-winning books. He was named BC’s Biologist of the Year in 1996 and has deep local roots in the Okanagan Valley.

 

Tara Howse

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Tara Howse

A social science researcher focusing on social justice concerns related to inequality, I have a degree in criminal justice and am nearing completion of a Master’s in Globalization and Equality Issues, focusing on trust and power in the large development project process. My career has been in community economic development where I’ve worked at the local level to identify issues and develop solutions. An active volunteer my whole life, I was most recently the Chair of the Rossland Sustainability Commission but have served on various boards in a variety of roles.

As a small business owner, I have proven capacities to work at a distance and am highly organized with excellent time management skills. During this campaign, I have managed to balance course and contract work while still maintaining a strong presence throughout the riding. 

Top Issue

My top issue is the erosion of democracy, largely due to corporate influence. To address this, I will introduce and support legislation that improves the transparency and accountability in government processes, such as lobbying regulations and addressing corporate tax loopholes. This influence affects all of us, whether it’s within the environmental, social, or economic realms. Until we can deal with the systemic issues that exist as a result of concentrated power and money, real actions to resolve pressing needs – such as the climate crisis – can never truly be solved.

I do believe that we can fix the system when strong voices are elected and free to ask tough questions, without fear of reprimands from their Party. The Green Party allows me to represent the constituents first, not be forced by the Party whip. They support and encourage their MPs to have independent and creative thinking that works collaboratively to address issues with evidence-based solutions.

 

Sean Taylor

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Sean Taylor

My name is Sean Taylor and I'm here to work for the people of South Okanagan-West Kootenay. I grew up in Vernon and have an eclectic work history including construction, various service industry jobs (with over a decade in the kitchen), running a small business and manufacturing. My daughter Alyssa was born in 1997. I went to SAIT in Calgary in 1999 and did an Emergency Medical Technician course. I then moved to northern Alberta and worked for a service providing Advance Life Support air ambulance all over northwestern Canada. I was also a volunteer with 2 Fire/Rescue services while living up there.

In 2002 I enrolled in nursing at Mount Royal College and knowing I would be static during my studies, I joined the Calgary Highlanders, a reserve light infantry unit. While in nursing school, I trained with the military at night, on weekends and during the summer. I graduated with distinction in 2005 and have worked as an emergency nurse since.

In 2008 I took a break from nursing and went to Kingston for PsyOps training. Later that same year I started my workup training for Afghanistan. I deployed in 2009-10 as the second in command of a Tactical Psychological Operations Team and had the honour to work with the 1st Battalion Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry Battle Group based in Kandahar province.

I currently work as an ER nurse for Interior Health in Kelowna, Penticton, and Vernon. I also still do the occasional locus in northern Alberta, having recently helped with the evacuations due to the fires in the High Level/Ft Vermillion area. This summer I completed my basic officer training and am now a reserve Nursing Officer with 12 Field Ambulance in Vancouver. Throughout my career I have done my best to be of service to my country and the communities I live in and I feel privileged to have been able to do so. I view my involvement with the PPC as the next, and possibly most important, phase of this service.

The first year I was old enough to vote; the Bloc Quebecois formed the official opposition. My first ballot cast was for the Reform Party and this frustrating outcome had a lasting impression on me. I, like a lot of Canadians, haven't always paid the closest attention to what was happening politically in my country. I got busy living. In 2015 an army buddy introduced me to trading and I took an active role in managing my retirement savings. This caused me to pay a lot closer attention to the news again. I became alarmed at what I was seeing. Not only was I watching corporations and hundreds of billions in investments and projects flee a dysfunctional Canadian regulatory environment; a shift had occurred in my country when I wasn't looking. Language had changed, truth had become less than paramount, and hyperbole had replaced nuance. I started doing research to try and get my head around what I was seeing and experiencing. In that search I found several people speaking truth to power and paying the price for it. I was pleased to see there were a few Canadians in that group. Maxime Bernier was one of those people. For the first time in my life; a Canadian politician was saying things that resonated with me. I felt compelled to get involved, so I became a founding member of the PPC. I met people from all walks of life with different political leanings that shared the same concerns that I did. We live in a great country that was built on the sweat and sacrifice of those who came before us. We made a wrong turn somewhere. Fortunately, we can fix this. I view this election as an opportunity to make a couple minor course corrections and get back on track. Join us in this common sense revolution. I feel our platform and Max's leadership are the best hope for the Canada I want my daughter and I to live in.

 

Carolina Hopkins

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Carolina Hopkins

There's much to see here. So, take your time, look around, and learn all there is to know about me and who I am by what I believe in. 

I believe in Accountability & Transparency in Government at all levels.

I believe we should receive Good Value for OUR Tax Dollars.

I believe the environment is important to people and we all want our waterways and environmentally sensitive lands protected for future generations.

I believe in investing in Infrastructure is important, not only because many of our regions need to address crumbling infrastructure, but primarily because investment in our communities' infrastructure creates jobs, which creates economic development, which creates a better life for our citizens.  

I believe that the needs of our seniors is not being adequately addressed.

What do I want?

I want to see our healthcare system get the support it so desperately needs to care for our citizens.

I want to see our social programs get the support to help the vulnerable, the homeless, the addicted or just the single mother trying to get her education, find work and support her family.

I want citizens with concerns to feel they have an ear and a voice.

I want citizens to know that we as a community care about each other.

I want children to learn by the positive examples of good citizenship as these children are our future leaders and we all need to set a good example for their sake.

I want to see how much funding is coming into this area and I want to see where it is going and I want to know how it is spent.

We all know how enormously wasteful governments are.  We can do better in Government to give our citizens Good Value for the $ that taxpayers give Government to invest back into communities.

 

Jon Pelletier

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Jon Pelletier

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