NDP names Saper­gia as lo­cal can­di­date

The Prince George Citizen - - Front Page - Ci­ti­zen staff

A re­cently-re­tired health sci­ence pro­fes­sional will be the New Demo­cratic Party’s can­di­date in Cari­boo-Prince George in the next fed­eral elec­tion.

“North­ern­ers often tell me three things,” Heather Saper­gia said in a state­ment is­sued Mon­day. “They want gov­ern­ment to ease the cost bur­den on work­ing and ag­ing Cana­di­ans by es­tab­lish­ing a uni­ver­sal phar­ma­care sys­tem. They want to see up­grades to vi­tal in­fra­struc­ture in small, re­mote, north­ern and First Na­tions com­mu­ni­ties and they want Ot­tawa to get real about sup­port­ing the cre­ation of new sus­tain­able jobs in re­source-de­pen­dent com­mu­ni­ties.

“I want these things too.”

“Work­ing peo­ple and small busi­nesses in B.C.’s In­te­rior have weath­ered ex­tremely challengin­g times the last few years and Ot­tawa must be made to ac­knowl­edge the dif­fi­cul­ties faced by Cana­di­ans in this part of the coun­try,” Saper­gia said.

Saper­gia’s re­sume in­cludes be­ing a med­i­cal tech­nol­o­gist at North­ern Health, a col­lege in­struc­tor, a re­gional Health Sci­ences As­so­ci­a­tion di­rec­tor and a Univer­sity of North­ern British Columbia grad­u­ate.

She has also vol­un­teered with RCMP vic­tim ser­vices, the Prince George Cy­cling Club, the Prince George Rod and Gun Club and has helped or­ga­nize sum­mer camps and lunch pro­grams for chil­dren.

She is mar­ried and the mother of two daugh­ters, both of whom op­er­ate small busi­nesses in the city.

Saper­gia will be go­ing up against Con­ser­va­tive in­cum­bent Todd Doherty and Lib­eral can­di­date Tracy Calogheros.

SAPER­GIA

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