Kootenay West Candidates (L to R) Glen Byle (Conservative), Katrine Conroy (NDP), Andrew Duncan (Green), Corbin Kelley (Liberal), Fletcher Quince (Independent, Ed Varney (Independent).

Kootenay West Candidates (L to R) Glen Byle (Conservative), Katrine Conroy (NDP), Andrew Duncan (Green), Corbin Kelley (Liberal), Fletcher Quince (Independent, Ed Varney (Independent).

Q&A with Kootenay West candidates: life experience

Fourth in a series of Q&As with the candidates, look for a new set each morning.

Black Press went to our readers to gather a list of questions they would like to ask the Kootenay West candidates in the upcoming provincial election.

The Kootenay West riding will have six names on the ballot: Glen Byle (Conservative), Katrine Conroy (NDP), Andrew Duncan (Green) Corbin Kelley (Liberal), Fletcher Quince (Independent) and Ed Varney (Independent).

We will posting one set of question and answers each day for the next week.

RELATED: Where to vote for Castlegar area residents

Q: What life experiences and character traits do you have that would make you a good MLA for Kootenay West?

Glen Byle (Conservative)- I want to give people hope for a better future. I know too many young people that have taken their own lives. I miss them and I wish I could hear them laugh again. My own efforts to bike more with my family almost cost the life of my daughter when she was hit by a car 2 years ago. These painful experiences have given me an unyielding passion to improve our communities.

Katrine Conroy (NDP) – My 15-year term as MLA is extremely valuable. I have gotten to know many people and organizations in Kootenay West and gained a complex understanding of local issues and concerns. I’m also a lifelong Castlegar resident with a variety of local experiences. Before becoming an MLA I was a power engineer at Celgar, an early childhood educator, a college instructor, and a director at a non-profit agency. I understand this area and its people. I have also a great deal of experience with the Columbia Basin in relation to the Columbia River Treaty as Minister responsible. This is a vital and important issue for our region.

Andrew Duncan (Green) – My education is BSc in environmental science integrated with physical geography and an MA in environmental education and communication. But more than that, I am a single father to an amazing girl on the Autism spectrum. I understand that our education system needs more resources. I am tired of driving my children to Vancouver and Calgary’s Children’s Hospital. I live in an amazing area that could be even better given the resources to help people.

Fletcher Quince (Independent) – In a world where governance is increasingly dominated by politics, Kootenay West has the opportunity to find its own voice, and advocate for its own interests. A supporter of the arts and practitioner of heritage and environmental conservation, I am approachable, understanding and sincere. With a strong academic and professional background, and extensive work as a facilitator of community conversations and representative of community interests, I am the ideal candidate to provide that independent voice.

Ed Varney (Independent) – I was born in Nelson, raised in the Little Slocan Valley and after attending post-secondary education and working outside the area I returned to the Valley in 1992 and have been here ever since. I believe most people see me as being a straight-forward, honest person who is not afraid to say what he thinks. I believe fair has to be fair for everybody. I question every penny of my/our money the government spends.

Liberal candidate Corbin Kelley did not submit answers to our questions.

RELATED: Kootenay West candidate bios



betsy.kline@castlegarnews.com

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter

BC politicsBC Votes 2020

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

The bobsled race has traditionally been a staple event at the carnival. File photo
Upcoming Rossland Winter Carnival cancelled due to COVID-19 crisis

The carnival has been held annually in the city since 1898

Grace and her daughter Helen enjoyed one of the story walks put on by the Columbia Basin Alliance for Literacy. Photo: Submitted
Castlegar literacy programs going strong

Columbia Basin Alliance for Literacy is still offering services throughout the West Kootenay.

A view of proposed seniors housing on Vernon St. Illustration: City of Nelson/ Vendure Retirement Communities
Nelson seniors housing project to start construction in the spring

Private development on Vernon Street will provide assisted living services as well as housing

The fundraiser is anticipated to occur again next year. Photo: Deb Penner
Castlegar Blue Barn Pet staff raise $15,579 for charities

Staff decided to hold fundraiser after they had to cancel their pet festival this fall

Sooke’s Paul Larouche enjoys gold panning along the Sooke River, looking for small treasures. (Aaron Guillen/News Staff)
VIDEO: Island man finds niche audience by gold-panning on YouTube

Paul Larouche, 29, with over 215,000 subscribers, opens up about his journey

Health care employees take extensive precautions when working with people infected or suspected of having COVID-19. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chris Young
WorkSafeBC disallows majority of COVID-19 job injury claims

Health care, social services employees filing the most claims

Join Black Press Media and Do Some Good

Pay it Forward program supports local businesses in their community giving

Is it time to start thinking about greener ways to package cannabis?

Packaging suppliers are still figuring eco-friendly and affordable packaging options that fit the mandates of Cannabis Regulations

Conservative leader Erin O’Toole rises during Question Period in the House of Commons in Ottawa on Wednesday October 28, 2020. (Adrian Wyld/The Canadian Press)
Conversion therapy ban gets approval in principle, exposes Conservative divisions

Erin O’Toole himself voted in favour of the bill, as did most Conservative MPs

Blue Sky Kingdom.
Kimberley’s Bruce Kirkby publishes “Blue Sky Kingdom” documenting family adventure to Zanskar

Kirkby third book explores spirituality, mental health, modernity and tradition

CBSA. (Black Press Media File)
4 sentenced in B.C. steroid smuggling, distribution ring that spilled into U.S.

Canadian Border Services Agency announced the results of a lengthy investigation it called ‘Project Trajectory’

Search and Rescue Technicians carry a stretcher to the CH149 Cormorant during a 442 Squadron Search and Rescue Exercise in Tofino on February 28. (Photo by: Cpl Joey Beaudin, 19 Wing Imaging, Comox)
Father and son found dead after weeklong search near Pemberton

The father and son had set out for a day of mushroom picking last Thursday

A full moon rises over Mt. Cheam on Saturday, Feb. 8, 2020. (Jenna Hauck/ The Progress)
Rare full moon, Daylight Saving makes for a uniquely spooky Halloween – despite COVID-19

We can’t host costume parties but this weekend is still one for the history books

Most Read