Ask Iain Currie why he’s running in the federal election campaign — which officially began on Sept. 11 — and you will hear a story linked to Al Gore.
About a decade ago, the Kamloops lawyer-turned-Green candidate submitted a Wallace and Gromit-style stop-motion video of him recycling to win a trip to Montreal to learn from the former presidential candidate and Inconvenient Truth star’s Climate Reality Project.
Currie said it opened his eyes and, when he returned home, he reduced his carbon footprint and educated others about climate change. The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change report released last year, however, made him feel as though he needed to do more.
“It wasn’t enough for me to be recycling. It wasn’t enough for me to be walking wherever I could,” Currie told KTW during an interview at his downtown campaign office.
“We need to do more and that meant that, if I was going to be consistent with the things that I value, that I need to do something more.”
Currie was born in Kamloops in 1969, studied law at the University of British Columbia, articled in Vancouver, moved to Nanaimo to start a family and circled back to Kamloops in 1999, when he joined the Crown Prosecution Service.
He worked as a prosecutor until the fall of 2017, around the time he met his second wife, Dr. Lisa Steele, who works in forensics.
After nearly two decades as a Crown prosecutor, Currie decided to go private, in order to avoid perceived conflict.
He now works primarily in personal injury law at Cundari Seibel LLP Lawyers.
His kids are senior high school to university age and live and study in Kelowna and North Vancouver.
“I’m a father, I’m a lawyer, I’m a Kamloopsian and I am now the Green party candidate,” Currie said.
Asked why someone should vote for him, he cited the transition to a green economy — people who build pipelines have the skills to build wind farms, he noted — the Green party’s goals to keep Canada’s carbon footprint at the Paris Climate Accord target of 1.5 C and “doing politics differently.”
Currie said the Green party does not whip votes, meaning MPs are not required to follow party lines — and he pointed out that Greens don’t heckle in Parliament.
Currie said the party is about more than environmental issues, noting the Green platform will address other key issues, including the economy and health care. During the last election, Currie said, Green was the lone party to submit its budget to the parliamentary office.
“Our platform is revenue-neutral,” he said. “We’re not just into sustainability and the environment — we’re also into sustainability and the economy.”
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: “Transition communities hit by mill closures — 100 Mile House, Vavenby and Clearwater — to a green economy through retraining.”
Q: What is the issue most being raised by voters as you talk to them?
A: “The way politics is done.”
Q: First past the post or proportional representation?
A: Proportional representation because “it’s fair.” Currie cited the Green party as example, with support not represented equally by seats in Parliament.
Q: In your opinion, who was Canada’s greatest prime minister?
A: “Lester B. Pearson for his part in universal health care, leadership in peacekeeping and transition to a post-war economy.”
Q: If you could not vote for yourself, which other candidate would get your vote?
A: “Whoever had the most positive message individually is where I’d park my vote.”
VITAL STATISTICS AND CONTACT INFORMATION
Family status: married, with three kids
Facebook: Iain Currie 2019
Campaign office: 135 Victoria St., downtown
Find the Green platform, when it is released, online at greenparty.ca