A Kamloops lawyer is hoping he can convince local voters the Green Party is a viable option in the Oct. 21 federal election.
Iain Currie has announced he’s seeking the party’s nomination as its candidate for Kamloops-Thompson-Cariboo riding, spurred to action by his desire to see global warming taken more seriously by politicians.
Environmental issues such as the severity of fire seasons will continue to get worse with rising temperatures, and quick decisive action is needed from government to avoid catastrophe, he said.
“The solutions that have been floated so far are, in my opinion, half-measures which are partisan politics as usual,” Currie said, noting the Greens want the issue treated as a crisis and would like to see carbon neutrality in Canada by 2050.
A born-and-raised Kamloopsian, Currie was a prosecutor in the city’s provincial Crown office from 1999 to 2017, working on a number of prominent homicide cases.
He currently works as a civil litigator in Kamloops.
Currie has been a supporter of the Green Party for the last 10 years, having become a card carrying member at the start of 2019.
Green candidates have seen recent success with the election of Canada’s second Green MP Paul Manley in the Nanaimo-Ladysmith byelection and forming the official opposition in Prince Edward Island.
Currie said he believes there is a “Green Wave” afoot as people are seeing climate change as a major issue and are fed up with the current political climate in Canada.
“We are a viable alternative. People are excited about the Green Party and what we stand for,” Currie said.
Despite being a Conservative stronghold, Currie said he thinks he can win Kamloops-Thompson-Cariboo as the Green Party’s candidate, noting the Liberals and NDP combined for more votes than incumbent Cathy McLeod in the 2015 election.
“The vote was split and the vote was strategic,” Currie said, noting he thinks many people voted to oust the Conservatives rather than choose who they wanted.
He cited the recent Green Wave, poll numbers rivalling the NDP, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s sliding popularity and local Liberal candidate Terry Lake being a former member of a conservative-leaning provincial government under Christy Clark as reasons people may “vote their conscious” in October.
“I think [a lot of] the 60 per cent of people who voted for the Liberals and NDP in this riding are potential Green supporters,” Currie said.
While the Kamloops-Thompson Cariboo candidates for the NDP and Liberals each had more than 21,000 votes in the 2015 election, the Green Party received a little more than 2,400.
Currie is the lone nominee to announce his intentions to date, but local riding association president Matt Greenwood has said the nomination will be contested.
The Green Party’s nomination meeting is expected to take place sometime this month.