Gearing up for Election 2013: Norma Blissett

This is the first in a weekly feature with Kootenay East's two declared candidates. Here is an introduction from the NDP's Norma Blissett.

I’ve lived in Cranbrook for the past 18 years and have had the benefit of raising three children in this community.

I’ve always wanted to make a difference. That’s why I went into forestry and worked as a registered professional forester. That’s why I went into teaching and have taught at Mount Baker Secondary School and that’s why I have entered politics.  I’ve seen through my involvement in various community groups that individuals can make a difference and in fact we must.

On the doorstep and at community events I am speaking with voters of all ages. They are looking for a change in government and a change in MLA. After 12 years of Liberal government it’s time for change. It’s time for a new government with better priorities. It’s time for a government that will grow a sustainable economy, create jobs and reinvest in our land.  The BC NDP will invest in education and skills training, reduce inequality and improve healthcare. These are East Kootenay and provincial priorities.

Government can’t do everything, but it must get the fundamentals right. Our number one priority is education and skills training. Access to education and skills training is key to growing a sustainable economy.

New Democrats will improve access to quality health care. We will invest in home care for seniors, improve community-based services and facilities and reduce the cost of prescription drugs.

As we announce our platform we will tell you what we are going to do and how we are going to pay for it. There won’t be any HST-like surprises once we’re elected.

That’s our commitment – practical changes that will make a real difference in peoples’ lives.

Please support me in bringing change for the better to Kootenay East, one practical step at a time.