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January 21, 2017

Herb Pond to work for jobs, opportunity as BC Liberal candidate in North Coast

Former Rupert mayor, Lax Kw’alaams band administrator, and community advocate Herb Pond has been selected by local party members as the BC Liberal candidate for North Coast in the upcoming BC election.

“Our communities and our region are full of potential – but for that potential to be realized, we need an MLA who will work hard to deliver opportunity,” Pond said. “I’m excited to offer North Coast voters a choice that will work passionately for economic development that creates jobs and opportunity while respecting our environment.”

Pond served two terms as Prince Rupert mayor, worked as a community relations advisor for LNG proponent BG Canada, and has been an active community volunteer with Prince Rupert groups including Rotary, the Chamber of Commerce, and the Economic Development Commission. He was honoured to be adopted into the Eagle Clan of Lax Kw’alaams. He and his wife Sandy have proudly raised their daughter and three sons on the North Coast.

“The North Coast needs a representative who can listen to all perspectives, get everyone around the table, and help us get to yes on projects that grow our regional economy and put food on the table for our families,” Pond added. “Only Today’s BC Liberals have the positive vision and the practical plan to deliver economic growth that allows North Coast residents to build the lives they want.”

Premier Christy Clark thanked Rodney Proskiw for his strong nomination bid, and congratulated Pond. She noted the party’s first contested nomination race since 2001 is a strong indication of momentum in the riding.

“The North Coast is ready for economic development that’s done the BC way – with good jobs, high standards, and strong environmental protection,” said Premier Christy Clark. “Herb is the experienced, common sense voice this region needs as we fight for jobs that allow British Columbians to look after the people they love.”

Today’s BC Liberals have now nominated 73 candidates province-wide. The provincial election will be held May 9, 2017.