Smiley throws hat in for NDP candidacy

A second candidate has entered the running for the NDP nomination in the local riding for the next federal election.

Richard Smiley, a North Shuswap resident, has been campaigning since the spring at community events in the North Okanagan-Shuswap riding, but only recently received notification that the federal office has approved his candidacy.

“It’s a bit of a relief, but I’ve acted all along as if it would be accepted,” said Smiley who went to school in Salmon Arm.

He has a degree in political science from UBC, a teaching certificate and BA in agriculture – subtropical horticulture – from Hebrew University, Israel.

Protecting the environment is one of Smiley’s biggest concerns, including one ongoing issue in B.C.

“All my life, I and my family have been involved in social and environmental battles and this one (Northern Gateway pipeline) has to be the biggest of all,” he said.

“We have a planet to save, and precious little time to do it in.”

In 2013, Smiley was elected to the provincial NDP’s standing committee on agriculture and has worked locally to promote the apple cider and nut tree industries.

Smiley joins Vernon’s Jacqui Gingras on the ballot when the NDP membership meets  Saturday at the Oddfellows Hall in Armstrong to elect their representative in the next federal election.


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