NDP names Sapergia as local candidate
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.