Dick Cannings, seen here campaigning in 2015, is working hard to be sent to Ottawa a second time. (File photo)

Cannings endorsed by David Suzuki

South Okanagan-West Kootenay NDP candidate loading up on endorsements

Richard Cannings and his team are working hard as the 2019 federal election enters its final days.

The latest news comes in the form of a personal endorsement from environmentalist David Suzuki, who went into detail about his support of the NDP candidate for South Okanagan-West Kootenay.

“In the Anthropocene, humans have become a powerful force shaping the properties of the planet but lacking in knowledge to do so without puncturing planetary boundaries of sustainability.

“Last October the IPCC released a frightening report demanding rapid reduction of greenhouse gas emissions to avoid climate catastrophe. A day later, marijuana became legal and media forgot the IPCC.

“In May, the United Nations released a terrifying report that a million species are on the brink of extinction a day later, Harry and Meghan had a baby and all concern about the crisis of extinction disappeared from media.

“We need politicians who understand and take science seriously. Dick Cannings is one of them.”

Related: NDP leader Jagmeet Singh returns to Penticton Oct. 19

Suzuki’s endorsement tops off a series of endorsements for Cannings, included that of Grand Chief Stewart Phillip, president of the Union of B.C. Indian Chiefs, whose wife Joan is running for the NDP in Central Okanagan-Similkameen-Nicola.

“Richard has been a strong voice for the protection of our land and waters. He is also genuinely committed to reconciliation with indigenous peoples. He has my full support,” wrote Phillip.

The list of endorsements also includes Alan Ruddiman, the former president of B.C. Doctors and an Oliver resident, Rossland city councillor, and former Green Party candidate, Andy Morel, School District 67 Trustee Tracy Van Raes, Curtis Gibbons, president of the Penticton Professional Fire Fighters Union Local 1399, Kootenay West MLA and Minister of Children and Families Katrine Conroy, Jim Wyse, founder and proprietor of Burrowing Owl Winery and community youth leader, Victoria Ritchie.

“It is such an honour to have the support of this amazing group of community advocates,” said Cannings.

“I got into politics to bring together progressive voices across NDP, Liberal and Green persuasions and I’ve worked hard to make collaboration and cooperation a part of how I work in Ottawa to represent our riding. It is humbling to hear from those I represent that they believe in my leadership.”

Related: Candidates talk climate change at forum


Steve Kidd
Senior reporter, Penticton Western News
Email me or message me on Facebook
Follow us on Facebook | Twitter | Instagram

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

Comments are closed

Just Posted

Lost dog swims Columbia River multiple times searching for home

The dog was missing from his Castlegar home for three days.

Renewable energy remains on the Kootenay forefront

Letter to the Editor from Andrew O’Kane

B.C. Alzheimer’s society thanks virtual walkers

On May 31, West Kootenay residents united to support people affected by dementia

Wealth tax needed as gap between rich and poor grows

Cannings: Disparity between super-wealthy and the rest is much greater than previously estimated

Horrifying video shows near head-on collision on Trans Canada

The video was captured on dash cam along Highway 1

Fraser Valley woman complains of violent RCMP takedown during wellness check

Mounties respond that she was not co-operating during Mental Health Act apprehension

B.C. sees 12 new COVID-19 cases, no new deaths

Three outbreaks exist in health-care settings

COVID-19: B.C. promotes video-activated services card

Mobile app allows easier video identity verification

ICBC to resume road tests in July with priority for rebookings, health-care workers

Tests have been on hold for four months due to COVID-19

Would you take a COVID-19 vaccine? Poll suggests most Canadians say yes

75 per cent of Canadians would agree to take a novel coronavirus vaccine

Budget officer pegs cost of basic income as calls for it grow due to COVID-19

Planned federal spending to date on pandemic-related aid now tops about $174 billion

Sexologist likens face mask debate to condom debate: What can we learn from it?

Society’s approach to condom usage since the 1980s can be applied to face masks today, one expert says

Most Read