Kootenay East chooses Blissett

Norma Blissett gets 94 votes to Randal Macnair's 13 at Cranbrook convention.

Norma Blissett

The local NDP have chosen their candidate to carry the party flag into the May, 2013, provincial election.

The Kootenay East Constituency Association held its nomination convention on Saturday, Sept. 22, at the Manual Training School hall in Cranbrook. Norma Blissett of Cranbrook and Randall Macnair of Fernie were the two candidates seeking the nomination.

And after the votes were tallied, Blissett came out on top — 94 votes to 13 (one spoiled ballot).

Blissett will now contest the British Columbia general election — the province’s 40th — on May 14th, 2013, with Bill Bennett. Bennett is the three-term MLA representing the B.C. Liberals.

Blissett said the focus of the upcoming NDP campaign is the NDP message to voters.

“What we’re going to be doing is reaching out to the constituents who live here — we’re going to be spreading our message of positive change on the doorsteps, at public events and in the media,” she said.

Blissett is a forester and a teacher and has lived in Cranbrook for the past 17 years. She is currently teaching science and math at Mt. Baker Secondary School.

She faced off for the nomination against Randal Macnair, a former mayor of Fernie and current Fernie City Councillor.

“We’d done a lot of work as far as reaching out to members,” Blissett said of the nomination campaign. “I phoned everyone, sent out brochures, I met with a number of people I didn’t know before, so I was fairly confident coming in. But you never known, right?”

Blissett has been polically active at the local level in Cranbrook, and will now be moving into the provincial sphere, a transition she’s prepared for.

“With my background in forestry and education, those are both provincial concerns,” she said. “I’ve worked for provincial government in Ontario. I am aware of those issues and the impact they have at the municipal level.

“It’s exciting — I’ve been to the provincial convention, I’ve met with a number of the MLAs, so I feel pretty confident about being able to represent the people here at the provincial level.”

Blissett told those assembled Saturday that the NDP’s task was now to increase the party profile locally . “So now it starts. We’ve got a big task ahead of us. (The upcoming campaign is) about coming together and working together as a party.”

She also thanked Macnair for his efforts.

Just Posted

Kelowna Rockets blast Kootenay ICE

The Kootenay ICE have lost their 12th straight game.

Memorial Arena repairs nearly finished

City staff hoping to have facility open on Jan. 2, 2019.

Motel to be converted for affordable housing

Council approves rezoning change that will convert old motel to bachelor suites

East Kootenay Track and Field Club looking for board members

The club needs a minimum of five board members to keep their non-profit status.

Kootenay ICE host minor hockey players

The ICE hosted Cranbrook Minor Hockey Skills Day where kids learned from their favourite players.

VIDEO: Close encounter with a whale near Canada-U.S border

Ron Gillies had his camera ready when a whale appeared Dec. 7

B.C. Lions hire DeVone Claybrooks as head coach

Former Stampeders DC succeeds CFL legend Wally Buono

France shooting: 2 dead, several wounded in Strasbourg

A world-famous Christmas market was put on lock down on Tuesday

Canadian warship witnesses possible violations of North Korea sanctions

Crew members on HMCS Calgary took photos and collected other information

Christine Sinclair named Canadian Women’s player of the year again

This is the 14th time Sinclair has been named player of the year

B.C. man wants trapping laws changed after dog killed

Louis Seguin’s 10-month-old Australian shepherd died in a body-gripping trap last month

Nearly 8,000 homeless in B.C., first province-wide count reveals

Twenty-four seperate counts in B.C. cities found there are thousands of homeless in all corners of province

UPDATE: Highway 1 closed near Revelstoke

A vehicle incident has closed Highway 1 in both directions

Most Read