Cynthia Egli wanted someone with New Democrat values on the ballot in Kamloops-Thompson-Cariboo — someone her daughters could look to on election day.
Who better than their mother?
“But you can’t tell them who to vote for. No adult I know likes to be told who to vote for,” Egli said with a laugh.
The Kamloops mother of two is the third candidate the NDP has acclaimed to run in the riding.
Initial candidate Gina Myhill-Jones stepped down for personal reasons and her successor, Dock Currie, was asked to resign by the federal body due to the emergence of controversial social media messages.
Egli said she was planning to attend the opening of Currie’s campaign office on Sept. 14 when she heard the party was again without a candidate.
After speaking with some friends within the party and asking if they had a replacement, Egli said she was encouraged to put her name forward.
She said party leader Jagmeet Singh even called to encourage her to run.
“There were other people interested, but in the end, the federal NDP said I was the best person for the job,” Egli said.
Egli said she has no prior experience running for office and, having jumped in after the writ was dropped, she has been busy learning her party’s platform.
“Sure, I’m late in the game, but I feel that I know I can do this. I have the skills and abilities,” Egli said.
She said voters should cast a ballot for her on Oct. 21 because she will be an advocate for everyone and will focus on issues her constituents want her to focus on, noting housing affordability, job creation and health care as examples she feels are important to people.
Egli also believes strongly in full recognition of the human rights of Indigenous people and having a universal pharmacare program.
“Canadians shouldn’t have to choose to put food on the table or pay for essential medications,” she said.
Egli grew up in Osoyoos and has called Kamloops home for about 12 years.
She works as a counsellor and mediator with the provincial Ministry of the Attorney General, is a member of the BCGEU provincial executive and is part-owner of a small business.
She holds a master’s degree in leadership from Royal Roads University.
Egli and her family lived in Prince George for six years before moving to Kamloops to be closer to her parents and in-laws.
Both her daughters graduated from Kamloops high schools — her youngest, 18, from Westsyde secondary and her oldest, 22, from Norkam senior secondary.
Q: What specifically do you want to do for/bring to the Kamloops-Thompson-Cariboo riding that is not here or being done now
A: Affordable housing, students and their debt load. Keeping logs in B.C. rather than exporting them, so those logs are milled here in B.C.
Q: What is the issue most being raised by voters as you talk to them?
A: Logging, affordability, health care, being able to afford medicines.
Q: First past the post or proportional representation?
A: “Proportional representation. It’s the fairest way to go.”
Q: In your opinion, who was Canada’s greatest prime minister?
A: “I would say Lester B. Pearson because he was a peacekeeper … I think that if he was alive today, he’d be NDP because of his values.”
Q: If you could not vote for yourself, which other candidate would get your vote?
A: “I would look strongly at the values of the other candidates — hardworking, loyal, honest, putting people first, speaking up for the environment. So, essentially, anyone but Conservatives.”
VITAL STATISTICS AND CONTACT INFORMATION
Family status: Married for 26 years, with two adult children
Facebook: Cynthia Egli for MP-NDP
Campaign office: 148 Tranquille Rd., North Kamloops
Find the New Democratic Party’s platform online at ndp.ca