Rupertite named Green Party candidate for upcoming election

The Green Party of Canada has found their Skeena-Bulkely Valley candidate for the upcoming 2015 federal election in October.

The Green Party of Canada has found their Skeena-Bulkely Valley candidate for the upcoming 2015 federal election in October and she’s from right here in Prince Rupert.

Jeannie Parnell will be hoping to unseat NDP incumbent Nathan Cullen as she begins her campaign across the riding.

“My vision for the North Coast – change is definitely on the rise and it’s positive change,” she said last weekend.

“I see lots of small business growth [in the area].”

Parnell knows the riding is one trying to maintain the balance between responsible industry and clean and sustainable environmental energy solutions for the future and she believes her ideologies match up well with the Green Party’s.

“We need to hold industry accountable for their proposals along the Skeena-Bulkley Valley route and we need to hold them accountable and responsible if they do come in and build. How are they going to clean up after themselves? That’s 50 per cent of the conversation right there,” she said.

The candidate has spoken with fellow Green Party staff Jackie Miller in Vancouver and even Green federal leader Elizabeth May.

“She was very encouraging. She said ‘Speak your truth, be bold and be creative’. With Elizabeth May being an optimist, I feel like I’ve been an optimist too my whole life … and I agree with the Green Party platform,” said Parnell.

This is the Rupertite’s first election campaign seeking public office and she accepted the Green Party nomination last Friday.

Parnell joins the ranks of four other candidates looking to win the election in the riding. Donald Spratt is seeking the riding’s seat for the Christian Heritage Party, Tyler Nesbitt is running for the Conservative Party of Canada, Brad Layton will seek the seat for the Liberal Party of Canada and Cullen is seeking re-election with the NDP.