New independent candidate for West Kootenay

Candidate has ideas on how technology can play greater role in election process

  • Apr. 29, 2013 3:00 p.m.
Glen Byle

Glen Byle

By Art Harrison

Trail Times Staff

With the nomination period for the May provincial election having closed, another independent candidate for West Kootenay MLA has filed the necessary paperwork with Elections BC.

Glen Byle, a 26 year-old medical equipment repair technician from Trail, announced his candidacy Wednesday afternoon.

Byle joins Joseph Hughes, of Nakusp, as one of two unaffiliated candidates running for the office against BC Liberal candidate, Jim Postnikoff and incumbent MLA Katrine Conroy of the BC NDP.

“I looked into the other parties and just couldn’t find one I identified with,” said Byle. “I’ve got a website up and people can get an idea of what I’m about by checking it out.”

The tech-savvy candidate is promoting what he calls “Technology Enabled true Democracy” or TED on his website, where constituents can propose their own bills, West Kootenay residents can vote on them, and Byles, as representative, would present them to the legislature.

Voters can determine more about the platforms of the various candidates at forums in Trail at the Cominco Gym, May 6, in Castlegar May 7, and in Rossland May 8.

As of press time, with less than 24 hours to go before the nomination period closed, Elections BC reported that there were still no Kootenay West candidates named for either the BC Conservative Party or the BC Green Party.

Byles’ website can be found at http://www.kowindependent.ca.